|Kampala, Kampala District, Uganda||Kampala, Kampala District, Uganda|
From Kampala we kick it to Lake Mburo, home to zebras, leopards, hippos, buffalo and other critters. Entering the (misleadingly named) Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest, we’ll track down the gorillas and spend an hour with ‘em. As far as hours go, it’s one unlike any other.
Gorillas are just like us. They feel love, hate, fear, grief, joy, greed, generosity, pride, shame, empathy, and jealousy. If you tickle a gorilla he will laugh. Please do not tickle the gorillas.
Your morning briefing will take place at 9am at our joining point hotel. After your briefing, head out to Lake Mburo National Park, one of East Africa's lesser-known wildlife hotspots. This is a better intro to Africa than any David Attenborough documentary could provide (although, how awesome would it be if he was here!)
Head to Lake Mburo National Park, arriving at camp in the early evening
Some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops
You'll be presented with game viewing opportunities or a chance to relax and watch wildlife at water hole below the pool
The good thing about being in a small group is that someone will probably have a kickass SLR camera. Which means you can put away the point-and-shoot and simply watch the gorillas.
Enjoy an early breakfast before travelling to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Head off on a gorilla trek, during which you're also likely to see chimpanzees and other wildlife
Enjoy one forgettable hour with the gorillas (once you've found them!)
Perhaps head off on nature walks or visit a local village for a cultural performance
Head back to Kampala. You might've cried a bit by now, but that's OK. Those gorillas are amazing. Perhaps grab a final dinner together or head to Lake Victoria after the trip to meet the cheeky chimps of Ngamba Island's chimpanzee sanctuary.
Drive back to Kampala
Perhaps enjoy one last group dinner
You will arrive back in Kampala late in the afternoon on the final day. No accommodation has been booked for you tonight, however if you would like to extend your stay please contact your Travel Agent and we can arrange this for you.
Bwindi Gorilla Trek
International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed, any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
This trip starts with a tour briefing at the joining point hotel at 9am on Day 1. Geckos strongly suggests clients arrive a day early in Kampala and stay overnight (at your own expense) so you will be ready for the tour briefing on Day 1.
This trip finishes in Kampala on Day 4. You will arrive back at the joining point hotel at approximately 4pm, please ensure flights are not booked to depart today until after 8pm.
**This trip is operated by our sister company Intrepid**
EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA:
Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days. Rwanda: For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy. Kenya: For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website. Uganda: For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website. The visa costs US$100.
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.geckosadventures.com
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.
Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, and all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the activities that are included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded to you.
There are a selection of optional activities listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This is not an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices listed are for entrance only and do not include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless otherwise indicated. Please also be aware that it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Geckos nor included in the price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Geckos.
You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form for some of the optional activities you choose to participate in.
GORILLA PERMITS: Geckos Adventures pre-purchase gorilla permits. Your gorilla permit MUST be pre-paid for and will be confirmed in your name once your trip deposit and gorilla permit money has been received and the trip is guaranteed to depart. This is the only way permits can be guaranteed. Once purchased the permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
23 September 2014