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6-Day Troop To The Gorillas Camping Overland Tour from Kampala

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Day 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Stop At: Simba Safari Camp, Fort Portal-Mpondwe Rd, Kikorongo, Uganda
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 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, Uganda

Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Uganda
This 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 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, Uganda

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi

Stop At: Bunyonyi Overland Resort, Plot 1 Kazooba Road, Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
We 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 Bunyonyi

There 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 Trekking

This 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 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, Uganda

Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek day

Stop At: Bunyonyi Overland Resort, Plot 1 Kazooba Road, Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
If 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 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, Uganda

Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek day

Stop At: Bunyonyi Overland Resort, Plot 1 Kazooba Road, Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Uganda
Today 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 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, Uganda

Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala

Stop At: Red Chilli Hideway, 13-23 Bukasa Hill View Road Butabika Kampala, 12-23, Kampala, Uganda
Leaving 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 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Red Chilli Hideway, 13-23 Bukasa Hill View Road Butabika Kampala, 12-23, Kampala, Uganda
Departure Time
5:00 AM
Duration
6 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 5x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner
  • 6x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation on tour
  • Sleeping mattress Meals as indicated
  • Services of two crew
  • Included highlights:
  • *Queen Elizabeth National Park, Chimpanzee Trekking
  • *Mountain Gorilla Trekking
  • Entry/Admission - Simba Safari Camp
  • Entry/Admission - Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Bunyonyi Overland Resort
  • Entry/Admission - Red Chilli Hideway
Exclusions
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permit (mandatory/ USD 780.00pp)*
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Mandatory Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permit is USD 780.00 and is paid at the time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years, Maximum age is 39 years
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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  • Acacia Africa
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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