Uganda highlights & mountain gorillas tour

“A private tour of Uganda’s highlights in a well balanced 10 days – game drives, chimps and mountain gorillas, with time to relax, too.”

Highlights

Entebbe | Fort Portal | Kibale Forest National Park | trek to see chimpanzees | Bigodi Swamp | Queen Elizabeth National Park | boat trip on Kazinga Channel | game drives | tree climbing lions | homestead tour in local community | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | trek to find mountain gorillas | Lake Mburo National Park | game drive, walking safari, boat trip and optional cycle tour | Mbamba Swamp | speedboat back to Entebbe

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Uganda highlights & mountain gorillas tour

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Any person lucky enough to who trek the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda contributes to the continued survival of a population numbering less than 900 remaining in the wild. Buying a gorilla permit funds the various rangers, guides, vets and support personnel whose daily task it is to monitor and ensure the welfare of these wonderful creatures. The same concept applies for the trekking of Chimpanzees, whose numbers are not quite so dire, but are still very endangered and again benefit immensely from tourist visitors.

As well as being an annual corporate sponsor, we donate $15 of your vacation price directly to the Uganda Conservation Foundation, a key player in protecting not just our primates, but other magnificent wildlife such as our elephant and lion populations. We also give you the option to match this donation should you wish.

In selecting accommodation for this itinerary, we have only used small lodges or camps; each with their own Responsible Tourism policy. Most run on solar power and harvest rain-water in order to minimise their footprint on the beautiful natural reserves in which they are situated. Most of these camps are built using locally sourced materials where available.

Community

We are a grass-roots Ugandan company; hence the vast majority of your vacation price goes directly to supporting Ugandan service providers, wildlife foundations, Ugandan people and their families.

Being based in Uganda, we’re not paying big rent for some flashy sales office and all the overheads that come along with it. So not only can we give great value for money, you know that the end recipients of the money you are paying are real people here in Uganda, many of whom you will meet when you travel with us.

On this trip you will visit Deo’s Model Homestead Tour, a project we have been involved with in previous roles here in Uganda. Any community or wildlife excursion that we feature, we’ve ensured no-one is being exploited and all involved benefit positively from the exercise.

As another part of our lodge/camp selection criteria; we ensure that the lodges we use recruit the majority of their staff from the local area. As many lodges are in rather remote locations, employment and training opportunities for local people are not as abundant as for those whom live in Uganda’s towns. This way you’ll be sure to experience the local culture (Uganda has over 35 tribes and over 40 different spoken languages!) and know your stay contributes to supporting families in the local area.

In addition to our contribution to the Uganda Conservation foundation, an additional US$15 per person from each trip sold is added to a fund which every six months (or when there is a reasonable amount) is donated to a deserving charity or organisation in our local community. We only approach parties whom we know personally and ones that do not already benefit from large amounts of funding. This way we are directly involved and can ensure the money is spent effectively. Current potential recipients are an Entebbe street-dog neutering project, development of a small recycled glass business, or an extension to the animal housing facilities at the USPCA in Kampala.

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Reviewed on 28 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The gorilla trek was brilliant, as were the chimpanzee experiences. Our guide Emma was amazing, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Ugandan wildlife. The
Ugandan people were kind and friendly. The “Ride for a Woman” project in Buhoma was inspirational and is a must to visit if you’re there for the gorillas.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We custom built the tour and would recommend the same. Kevin was instrumental in sorting this out.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The lodges all used solar power, with several filtering and UV sterilising local bore hole water to avoid plastic waste. Three of the lodges are community
owned. 20% of National Park entry fees go to the local community. The rhino project, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking generate funds that benefit the local
communities and encourage habitat maintenance. We liked the fact that, unlike other countries, “off-roading” to effectively surround animals whilst on
game drives is not allowed. We felt that this lead to less disturbance of the animals, allowed more normal behaviour to be observed, and when a close
encounter happened (a leopard just walked out in front of our vehicle), this made them more memorable.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Breath taking. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The gorillas and chimps of course. But also meeting the people of Uganda, learning about the country and seeing lots of other animals and birds.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


You could take internal flights however moving around by road lets you see and experience the country and people.

If at all possible take 2 gorilla treks (we had a days rest between which enabled us to visit the local community). 2 treks gets you to see 2 families and also
provides contingency if for some reason you can't make one of the treks - illness, injury etc. Also do the gorilla treks at the end of your itinerary not the
beginning to give time to just to the heat and humidity. It can be a tough hike but the porters will do everything they can to get you there.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - using the company that Responsible Travel put using contact with mean that our 'tourist dollars' got down to the local people and to conservation
authorities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An excellent trip we highly recommend it.

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


A female gorilla rushing by me and brushing my leg in Bwindi National Park

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Plan for giving lots and lots of gratuities. make sure you have loads of new USD5 bills--small bills make it a lot more flexible in giving tips.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The recommendations and itinerary that was prepared by Kevin Nicholson was spot on.

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