Gorilla and game safari in Uganda

“A ten day adventure and wildlife watching vacation in Uganda, on a small group fully guided tour, including one day of gorilla trekking in Bwindi. Staying in lodges and camps. ”

Highlights

Gorilla tracking and trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park | Rwenzori Mountains | White water rafting River Nile | Jinja town | Chimp tracking | Kibale Forest | Fort Portal |Two game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park | Kazinga Channel, leading into Lake Edward | Kigezi Highlands | Lake Mburo National Park | Rwenzori Mountains | Kampala

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2018: 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec, 29 Dec
2019: 5 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 6 Apr, 13 Apr, 20 Apr, 27 Apr, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 1 Jun, 8 Jun, 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun
Top tip:
Consider giving yourself an extra day in Kampala at the end of the trip. It is often overlooked, and a great way to experience modern sub Saharan Africa.
Trip type:
Small group tour, fully guided.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Camps and eco lodges.
Solo traveler:
Solo travelers welcome. Single tents/rooms at no extra cost.
Included:
Gorilla permit, transport in 4WD, driver guide, accommodation, all meals except dinner on last day, national park entrance fees, drinking water, all activities in itinerary.
About this vacation company:
This Uganda based tour operator has been in the gorilla trekking business since 2002, and is wholly dedicated to responsible gorilla trekking, in their home country and also in Rwanda. A member of the Uganda Association of Tour Operators, their leader guides are also experts in hiking, birding and rafting. You get the picture. They’ve got this.
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Responsible tourism: Gorilla and game safari in Uganda

Environment

During the course of this trip we get to use renewable energy most of the time since most of the places we stay at use solar power. All places we choose to stay in during the Gorilla tracking experience use solar power for lighting, charging, and boiling water. They also use Eco-toilets which are also environmentally friendly.

In the mountainous regions of Bwindi forest fresh water can only be got from streams in the valley and so it is expensive to collect up the mountains. Our visitors are advised accordingly so as to use the available water sparingly. Rain water is also collected in plastic tanks from every roof at the accommodation facilities and this provides the biggest source for water in such areas.

En-route to the Bwindi forest from Queen Elizabeth National Park we get to support the Chimpanzee community project for conservation of the Chimps in this region. This work is solely done by the local people with the help of donations from visitors touring the region. In addition, “Bwindi” meaning a muddy swampy place full of darkness by the local community is a home of over 10 species of primate of which we find the endangered Mountain Gorillas which have since attracted conservation efforts driven by the tourism activities in the region. Whenever one visits the forest they contribute 60% of their park fees to the community projects, 20% to improve park management and 20% to ecological monitoring and research aimed at conserving the remaining wildlife in this forest. Therefore you directly contribute to the conservation of the primate species during this adventure.

Community

In the regions of Bwindi like Nkuringo or Buhoma, there are local libraries and craft shops owned by local people and our visitors get an opportunity to walk through these places and support the people. This is very good because you get crafts at the manufacturers cheaply that in the city and also see how they are produced. There are cultural centers like Igongo in Mbarara district which houses most of the traditional artefacts of the western region in Uganda and this gives the visitor a bigger picture of the tradition eve without visiting all the places.

During the Gorilla tracking and village walks, we encourage the visitors to use local porters or helpers to carry their luggage and this provides direct employment to the local community since they are paid a wage directly for their service. Others who benefit like this are the village guides during the village walks since they are natives and know the routes more than us, we employ them to guide us so that the visitors get to see most of the places there is. This is all done on top of the guide provided who must ensure Harmony and smooth interaction of the locals with the visitors so that there is mutual respect for one another.

5 Reviews of Gorilla and game safari in Uganda

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Reviewed on 24 Jul 2018 by

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


It was all memorable. Every day bought something new.

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


Try and book through a local company that has an ecological and
ethical charter.

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


I hope it did. We used water purifying tablets when we could, and bought large bottles of water and decanted into our small daily flasks when purification not possible,We used local people & locally run hotels for all our services, we donated to local schools and made sure we praised every effort that had good
environmental outcomes.

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


It was brilliant. A lot of the credit would go to having our safe, empathetic, politically and culturally aware driver guide Faruk. His kindness to the
local people, his genuine love of his country and his guiding advice truly
made our vacation memorable.

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2018 by

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


I enjoyed every part of the journey but if I must highlight some, it would be visiting the Chimpanzees and of course the wonderful encounter with the
Gorillas.
In Bigodi we interacted with some of the local people. That was so informative and wonderful. We saw a gentleman making beer, gin and a juice from
bananas all by hand. We visited a lady who showed us the whole coffee making process - all by hand- from the tree to enjoying a cup of the freshly ground
coffee. This was to me personally a moving experience to see what can be done without modern equipment. The medicine man and the basket making
ladies was also so informative and interesting. At Jinja we did white river rafting on the Nile. Absolutely exhilarating. The wonderful bird live in Uganda is
another awesome experience. I can go on and on but let me end by saying everything was awesome!!!

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


Go with an open mind and learn from people who do things totally differently. Enjoy the re connection with the earthiness of the place and the wonderful
people. Enjoy the local foods.
Don't compare this vacation to others. It is totally different. Enjoy it too the full.

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


Everywhere we went we used local guides and paid conservation fees that goes directly to conservation and local communities. These kind of trips really
benefit the local communities and of course conservation.

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


What a professional touring company. Dependable, punctual, helpful, going the extra mile to make sure you
see and do as much as possible in the time available. Thank you for introducing us to them. They were wonderful.
We chose the comfort accommodation choice and was pleasantly surprised by the quality and service we received.
I would rate my vacation as one of the most amazing I have ever had.Stunning and amazing.

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2018 by

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


The whole vacation was memorable but the gorilla and chimpanzee encounters were definitely the most exciting and extraordinary.

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


Take all the advice that the tour operator offers you, relax and enjoy.

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


The vacation obviously benefitted locals involved in tourism most. The community walks where we leant more about local ways of life and saw life up close
were simple and were of benefit to the local community. They were interesting and seemed to reinforce pride in local ways and traditions. The gorilla and
chimpanzee tracking helps to preserve and conserve the groups of chimps and gorillas which are now protected in their natural rain forest environment.

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


The vacation was better than we had imagined. We were well looked after by Primate World Safaris. We felt safe, saw and experienced a variety of
environments and wildlife. Our guide/driver was informative and good company.

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2018 by

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


The two trekking experiences - chimpanzee and gorilla - were by far the most memorable. Memories that will last forever.

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


Be aware that the sightings of the big five are just not as often as neighbouring countries - there is no Serengeti equivalent. Additionally for they who are of advanced years or not in peak condition physically it should be made aware to such travelers that the gorilla trek can be VERY taxing.

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


To a degree. Visits to local communities were infrequent - a visit to the medicine man was the only specifically aimed at local enterprises. The inclusion of porters on the primate treks benefited they who were chosen to assist with backpacks.

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


It was a vacation I shall not forget. I went primarily to see the big primates and the sightings far surpassed expectation.

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2017 by

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


Gorilla tracking and Chimpanzee habituation

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


You have to do it. Uganda is the perfect place to be if you want to track primates.

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?


I had a great time. It was a dream that came true. The tracking of these gorgeous animals was once in a lifetime experience. But also I met friendly smiling people everywhere. Local food is not bad at all also. Good services: accommodation and transportation. Great scenery especially Lake Bunyoni and Bwindi forest. Rafting at the White Nile was fun. Kampala was a chaos, traffic jam that you cannot imagine.

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