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Double Gorrilla Trekking And Tree Climbing Lions

ItineraryDay 1: Airport PickupStop At: Airport Transfer Entebbe, Kampala, Central RegionOn your arrival today at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our driver guide (Company representative) who will transfer you to your hotel/guest house in Entebbe for an overnight. He will brief you about your next day’s program. Dinner & Overnight at Lake Victoria Kigo Serena Resort – Bed & Breakfast.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Lake victoria Serena Kigo hotelDay 2: Fly to KisoroStop At: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Kisoro, Western RegionToday our driver will transfer you to the airport to catch your flight to Kisoro, where you will find our representative waiting and there after he will transfer you to your lodge. In the evening you may relax of have a self guided walk in the community or with a lodge staff, return for dinner and overnight with a briefing from your about tomorrows big day. Dinner & Overnight at Clouds Lodge –Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Clouds LodgeDay 3: Gorilla TrekkingStop At: Kisiizi Falls, Rukungiri, Western RegionEnjoy your breakfast and set out from your lodge with packed lunch as you head to the park headquarters at 7 am for briefing before you embark on Gorilla tracking in the thick mist Bwindi forest. Thereafter proceed for tracking which takes about between 2 to 6 hours mainly dependent on how far the gorillas go. Trekkers are allowed to spend one hour with the gentle giants in this time you could watch them play, feed, and take enough photos. Dinner & Overnight Clouds Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Clouds LodgeDay 4: Gorilla Trekking RushagaStop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionBefore embarking on gorilla tracking, wake up early enough and have breakfast, carry packed lunch from the lodge, you will follow the same procedure used same as that on the first day though you will follow another gorilla group different from what you tracked the previous day however today you will drive for approximately 1.5hrs to the starting point. Dinner & Overnight Clouds Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Clouds LodgeDay 5: Transfer to Ishasha. Queen Elizabeth National ParkStop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionToday you will have late breakfast to allow you relax from your previous treks there after your guide will transfer you to Ishasha via the Bwindi Forest route. This will see you arrive at lunch time at Enjojo Lodge. After lunch you will head for the game drive in such for the wildlife especially the tree climbing lions and other mammals like leopards, buffalos elephants etc. Dinner & Overnight Enjojo Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Enjojo LodgeDay 6: Fly Back to EntebbeStop At: Lake Victoria, Entebbe, Central RegionAfter the lifetime experience, today your driver at the lodge will transfer you back to the Kihihi airfield where you will board your flight back to Entebbe and there after our driver will pick you and take you to the lodge – Overnight at Lake Victoria Kigo Serena Resort.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Lake Victoria Serena KigoDay 7: Entebbe DepartureStop At: Entebbe Crafts Village, Entebbe, Central RegionToday our guide will transfer you to the airport to catch your flight back home and in case of any additions after here please you can advise to be arranged in advance.Note:Alternatively, instead of the gorilla habitation, you could do two gorilla trekking experiences in two different groups i.e. Nkuringo & Rushanga in two different days. You will advise onthis!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$1824.44 Day Trips & Excursions

14-Day Gorilla Encounter Overland Tour from Nairobi

ItineraryDay 1: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National ParkStop At: Lake Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley ProvinceWe depart Nairobi early and descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views. Our overnight stop is Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, sited on the Great Rift Valley floor. The shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife – especially flamingos, which may gather in such numbers that (when viewed from above) they form a strikingly pink ‘fringe’ around the lake-shore. However Lake Nakuru is not simply a bird sanctuary, it is also home to buffalo, lion, rhino (black and white), leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals. A delightful introduction to East Africa’s wildlife diversity that we search for in an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Punda Milias Camp, Nakuru, KenyaDay 2: Lake Nakuru - EldoretStop At: Naiberi River Campsite & ResortFrom Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. We cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator, enjoy some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos before moving onwards to Eldoret. The name ‘Eldoret’ is based on the Maasai word ‘Eldore’ meaning stony river due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of approx. 194,000. We camp outside of the town in a unique campsite. It is created on a hilly forest tribal land, which was once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Preserved on the site are excavations with stone sides, commonly called Sirikwa holes, which are believed to have been roofed and occupied by the inhabitants of a bygone age.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Naiberi Overland Camp, Eldoret, KenyaDay 3: Eldoret - KampalaStop At: Red Chilli HidewayWe cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its sheer overwhelming beauty and friendly people. Our first night we camp in the capital city Kampala, which is an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (mini-bus taxi) stands. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Red Chilli Hideway, Kampala, UgandaDay 4: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National ParkStop At: Simba Safari CampFrom Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, across the Equator again, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests with herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We camp a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park Area Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionThis morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world and if we are lucky, we may get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy. However, the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one. 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 4, morning of day 5 and afternoon of Day 5 or morning of day 6.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi Stop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortWe leave the picturesque hills of the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27 km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty-nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas. Over the next two days the group will be split with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others relax at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer. Lake BunyonyiThere are many activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes islands, visit local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively, just relax around camp, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home.Mountain Gorilla TrekkingThis region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [We may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas on rare occasion].On the day of our trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa. The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an ‘alpha male’ (the ‘silverback’ - so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorilla attains maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters – particularly in the social interaction between family members and in ‘play’ activity in which the young engage. Photography is permitted (although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.)Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day we may spend several days in the area while all passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.NB: Depending on the availability of the gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to Day 7 – 9 of this tour.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 7: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortIf not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or relax back at camp catching up on some well-deserved rest and relaxation.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 8: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortToday is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep Crater Lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area - you’ll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 9: Lake Bunyonyi - KampalaStop At: Red Chilli HidewayLeaving Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we did not stop on route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (largest lake in Africa) to Kampala where we will overnight. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, take the night out and try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Red Chilli Hideway, Kampala, UgandaDay 10: Kampala - JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersLeaving Kampala we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’ settling a long running dispute about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From this modest monument the Nile begins its 4132-mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.Our camp is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually have the option to try river rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run voluntary programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even cruises! Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 11: JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersEnjoy a free day in this magical place and the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world class rapids and try rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax at camp.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 12: JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersEnjoy a last day on the banks of the Nile exploring the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 13: Jinja – Eldoret Stop At: Naiberi River Campsite & ResortAfter our refreshing stop at Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border to the Kenya’s frontier and onwards to Eldoret, where we will camp for the evening. Tonight, you can celebrate the last evening of your Gorilla Encounter with your fellow travellers and exchange stories, emails and laughter around the campfire one last time.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Naiberi Overland Camp, Eldoret, KenyaDay 14: Eldoret - NairobiStop At: Karen CampThis morning we make our way south to the Capital city ‘Nairobi’ where our tour ends on arrival in the late afternoon. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$1134.47 Day Trips & Excursions

9-Day Troop To The Gorillas Overland Tour from Kampala

ItineraryDay 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National ParkStop At: Simba Safari CampDeparting early from Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, across the Equator, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests with herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We camp a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionThis morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world and if we are lucky, we may get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy. However, the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one. 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, the morning of Day 2 and afternoon of Day 2 or morning of Day 3.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi Stop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortWe leave the picturesque hills of the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27 km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty-nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas. Over the next two days the group will be split with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others relax at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer. Lake BunyonyiThere are many activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes’ islands, visit local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively, just relax around camp, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home.Mountain Gorilla TrekkingThis region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [We may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas on rare occasion].On the day of our trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa. The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an ‘alpha male’ (the ‘silverback’ - so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorilla attains maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters – particularly in the social interaction between family members and in ‘play’ activity in which the young engage. Photography is permitted (although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.)Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day we may spend several days in the area while all passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.NB: Depending on the availability of the gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to Day 3 – 5 of this tour.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 4: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortIf not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or relax back at camp catching up on some well-deserved rest and relaxation.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 5: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortToday is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep crater lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area - you’ll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 6: Lake Bunyonyi - KampalaStop At: Red Chilli HidewayLeaving Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we did not stop on route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (largest lake in Africa) to Kampala where the tour finishes upon arrival. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, take the night out and try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandan’s. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Red Chilli Hideway, Kampala, UgandaDay 7: Kampala - JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersLeaving Kampala, we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’ settling a long running dispute about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From this modest monument the Nile begins its 4132-mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.Our camp is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually have the option to try river rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run voluntary programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even bungee jumping! Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 8: JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersEnjoy a free day in this magical place and the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world-class rapids and try rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax at camp.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 9: Jinja - KampalaStop At: Red Chilli HidewayEnjoy a last day on the banks of the Nile exploring the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer. After our refreshing stop at Jinja, we retrace our steps back to Kampala in the late afternoon where our tour ends. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$961.98 Day Trips & Excursions

6-Day Troop To The Gorillas Overland Tour from Kampala

ItineraryDay 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National ParkStop At: Simba Safari CampFrom Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, across the Equator, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests with herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We camp a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National ParkThis morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world and if we are lucky, we may get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy. However, the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one. 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 of Day 2 and afternoon of Day 2 or morning of Day 3.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi Stop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortWe leave the picturesque hills of the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27 km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty-nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas. Over the next two days the group will be split with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others relax at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer. Lake BunyonyiThere are many activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes’ islands, visit local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively, just relax around camp, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home.Mountain Gorilla TrekkingThis region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [We may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas on rare occasion].On the day of our trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa. The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an ‘alpha male’ (the ‘silverback’ - so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorilla attains maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters – particularly in the social interaction between family members and in ‘play’ activity in which the young engage. Photography is permitted (although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.)Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day we may spend several days in the area while all passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.NB: Depending on the availability of the gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to Day 3 – 5 of this tour.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 4: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortIf not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or relax back at camp catching up on some well-deserved rest and relaxation.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 5: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortToday is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep crater lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area - you’ll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 6: Lake Bunyonyi - KampalaStop At: Red Chilli HidewayLeaving Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we did not stop on route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (largest lake in Africa) to Kampala where the tour finishes upon arrival. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, take the night out and try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandan’s. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$2753.25 Day Trips & Excursions

18-Day Mountain Gorilla To The Mara Accommodated Overland Tour from Nairobi

ItineraryDay 1: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National ParkStop At: Lake Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley ProvinceKenya is East Africa’s most popular safari destination and has a long tradition of tourism and of welcoming visitors. Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, has seen rapid growth in recent years but still has a comparatively small city centre, interesting city markets, numerous craft shops, book shops and plenty of cafes and restaurants. We recommend you arrive at least one day before the tour departure in order to relax, check out the city and overcome any jetlag.We depart Nairobi early and descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views. Our overnight stop is Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, situated on the Great Rift Valley floor. The shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife – especially flamingos, which may gather in such numbers that (when viewed from above) they form a strikingly pink ‘fringe’ around the lake-shore. However, Lake Nakuru is not simply a bird sanctuary, it is also home to buffalo, lion, rhino (black and white), leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals. A delightful introduction to East Africa’s wildlife diversity that we search for in an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Punda Milias Camp, Nakuru, KenyaDay 2: Lake Nakuru - EldoretStop At: Naiberi River Campsite & ResortFrom Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. We cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator, enjoying some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos before moving onwards to Eldoret. The name ‘Eldoret’ is based on the Maasai word ‘Eldore’ meaning stony river, due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of approx. 194,000. We stay outside of town in a unique area created on hilly forest tribal land, once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Preserved on the site are excavations with stone sides, commonly called Sirikwa holes, which are believed to have been roofed and occupied by the inhabitants of a bygone age.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Naiberi Overland Camp, Eldoret, KenyaDay 3: Eldoret - KampalaStop At: Red Chilli HidewayWe cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures – and friendly people. Our first night we stay at the capital Kampala, an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (mini-bus taxi) stands. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Kampala Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Red Chilli Hideway, Kampala, UgandaDay 4: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National ParkStop At: Simba Safari CampFrom Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the Equator again, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests. From the truck we should see herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We stay a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionThis morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world and if we are lucky, we may get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy. However, the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one. 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 4, morning of day 5 and afternoon of day 5 or morning of day 6.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi Stop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortWe leave the picturesque hills of the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning Lake Bunyonyi (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level, it is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts, this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty-nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas. Over the next two days the group will be split, with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others stay at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer. Lake BunyonyiThere are many activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes’ islands, visit local tribes and villages, visiting the local orphanage, as well as bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively, just relax, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home, or sorting through your photos of your trip so far.Mountain Gorilla TrekkingThis region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 free-roaming mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [We may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas if need be.]On the day of your trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups, we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times - with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest, but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa. The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an alpha male (the ‘silverback’ - so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorillas reach maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters – particularly in the social interaction between family members and in ‘play’ activity in which the young engage. Photography is permitted (although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.)Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day we may spend several days in the area while all passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.NB: Depending on the availability of the gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to day 6 – 8 of this tour.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 7: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortIf not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or catching up on some well-deserved rest and relaxation.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 8: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortToday is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep Crater Lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area - you’ll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 9: Lake Bunyonyi - KampalaStop At: Red Chilli HidewayFrom Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo if we have not done so previously) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest lake) to Kampala where we will overnight. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, go out to enjoy the nightlife, try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at d Chilli Hideway, Kampala, UgandaDay 10: Kampala - JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersLeaving Kampala, we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’ settling a long running dispute about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From his modest monument on the banks, the Nile begins its 4132-mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.Our accommodation is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually have the option to try river rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run volunteer programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even Nile cruises. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 11: JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersEnjoy a free day in this magical place or take part in one of the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world class rapids and try rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 12: JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersEnjoy a last day on the banks of the Nile exploring the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 13: Jinja – Eldoret Stop At: Naiberi River Campsite & ResortLeaving Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border into Kenya and onwards to Eldoret, where we will stay for the evening. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Naiberi Overland Camp, Eldoret, KenyaDay 14: Eldoret - NairobiStop At: Karen CampThis morning we cross the Equator and make our way south to Nairobi and to our base just outside the city.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Karen Camp, Karen, NairobiDay 15: NairobiStop At: Karen CampToday you are free to explore the city and surrounding area and our Tour Leader can help you arrange these optional excursions locally. Popular excursions include catching a taxi into town to check out the shopping, markets, bars and restaurants; Visit the National Museum of Kenya; chow down at Carnivore – a BBQ meat eater’s paradise; go on safari at Nairobi National Park; Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre or check out the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively, the day is yours to simply relax and enjoy some ‘downtime’.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Karen Camp, Karen, NairobiDay 16: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve, KenyaStop At: Masai Mara National ReserveWe depart the city early and make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vista en route. We travel in small specialized safari vehicles that enable us to have a more intimate view of wildlife. We spend two nights camping on the edge of the Reserve with time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Enkalong Tented camp, Masai Mara area, KenyaDay 17: Maasai Mara Reserve, KenyaStop At: Masai Mara National ReserveWe have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the ‘Big 5’ – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. The sweeping plains, distant horizons, low slung acacia trees, and plentiful wildlife ensure a deeply evocative few days. The ‘Mara’ is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). How long they stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth in the rainy season. Predators (such as lion, cheetah, leopard) and scavengers (hyena, vultures) follow the grazing animals and this enormous congregation of wildlife forms a spectacular display of Africa’s natural resource. But the Mara is excellent for game viewing at any time of year and regardless of when you can visit we hope to see some, if not all, of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife. We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Enkalong Tented camp, Masai Mara area, KenyaDay 18: Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya - NairobiStop At: Karen CampFrom the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where our tour ends in the late afternoon.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

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4 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Transfer from Kampala/ to Bwindi National ParkPass By: Kampala Fair, Kampala, Central RegionOn this first day of your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, our tour guide will Transfer you from Entebbe/Kampala to the Gorilla Sanctuary of Bwindi national park with lunch en-route and then reaching in the evening to check in at your selected lodge Where you may either choose to relax for tomorrow's day-long gorilla trekking or take a self-guided walk around the Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Rest Camp or Buhoma Lodge.Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Buhoma community Rest CampDay 2: Gorilla Trekking Pass By: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kabale, Western RegionAfter an early breakfast at 6.30am, with the help of our safari guide, you will depart to the park headquarters proceed for briefing by the park ranger guides before starting the Gorilla trek in the steep densely forested and beautiful landscape of Bwindi Impenetrable forest - the park has ever green vegetation which is also very thick due to the frequent rains throughout the year. The actual meaning of gorilla trekking is felt when you encounter with these giant but very gentle Mountain gorillas. It's such the best and amazing experience to Watch Gorillas feed, rest, mothers with babies and the acrobatic youths playing about. This gives the true meaning of wildlife and the best wildlife experience ever! Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Rest Camp Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Buhoma Community Rest campDay 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National for Game Drive & Boat CruisePass By: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionWake up Early and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park reaching early and check in at your hotel for lunch, after lunch you will go for the afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which is an interesting experience. Variety of animals a viewed while on boat include different bird life on water which include the African skimmer, jacana, rare shoe bill among others .after enjoying the boat trip you will be transferred to your lodge with the help of our safari guide for dinner and overnight at Simba Safari CampMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Simba CampDay 4: Transfer back to KampalaPass By: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionAt 6:30 a.m. in the morning, you will leave for game drive, this is the best time to spot hyenas, lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, hippos coming back to the rivers, huge herds of buffaloes and elephants, Ugandan Kobs and crested cranes among others and then return to your lodge for late breakfast and get you packed lunch to enjoy en-route. Transfer back to Kampala as you end your 4 days gorilla and wildlife safari in Uganda viewing game en-route with a stopover in Fort Portal or Mubende for your lunch and finally drive to Kampala to catch up your flight back home.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

Kasese in detail