WHY RICKSHAW?

The Rickshaw Travel Group ("Rickshaw Travels") was founded in May 1988. From our humble beginnings as a small travel agency, we have grown and expanded into several countries and today have 28 years of experience in the travel business, both corporate and leisure... read more .

GORILLA EXPRESS


From 902*

per person sharing

Gorilla Permits Included in the Cost (Rates valid for East African Residents)

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda is a verdant magnificent swathe of rain forest across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest is one of the few on the African continent to have flourished and a home to half of the world’s endangered population of Mountain Gorillas.

Apart from gorilla trekking, the park boasts 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and prominent bird species. It is a treasure chest of flora and fauna with ten Gorilla groups currently available to be tracked by visitors.

Well, before having a close view of these gentle giants, your journey will take you across central Uganda through the tropical landscape with a lot of green, a bit of savannah to the highlands of the south west in an area called the “Switzerland of East Africa”. Even in an aeroplane, look out across this land and you will be amazed. This gorilla safari is a once in a lifetime experience and is simply unforgettable – the memories of which will remain with you for a long time.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda
 
You arrive at Entebbe International Airport, located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Victoria, where a representative/guide from Rickshaw Travels Uganda will meet and great you before they transfer you to Hotel in Kampala for your overnight stay. 
 
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
 
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel to commence your transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You can make a stop at the Equator Crossing at Kayabwe for some fun pictures, refreshment or ignore that for when you return. You will continue your journey with a stop in Mbarara for your quick lunch. After lunch, you will continue onto Buhoma or Kisoro in the viscinity of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Once in Buhoma or Kisoro, you will continue on to either Gorilla Valley Lodge or Buhoma Community Lodge where you will spend the night. On arrival, you will check-in at your chosen accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.
 
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 3: Gorilla Tracking & Transfer to L. Bunyonyi
 
Get up at 6.00am for a quick breakfast and transfer to the Buhoma gate of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. With packed lunch in your carry-on, your guide will deliver you to the tracking start point before 8:00 am for registration and a briefing on what to expect before commencing your tracking. The guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting creepers, to track the gorillas. When you finally locate the family that you are tracking, sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male - the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense forest in the knowledge you are in the presence of the few remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild. After the mandatory 1 hour is up, you will be led back to the starting point where your guide will be waiting for you to commence your transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. Overnight at your chosen hotel.
 
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 4: Entebbe - Departure
 
This morning, after your breakfast, and depending on what time your flight is, you can chose to explore a bit of Lake Bunyonyi (options to choose from include a canoe, a motorised boat tour of some of the 25 islands) and transfer back to Kampala with various stops including one in Mbarara town for your lunch. After lunch, you will continue on to Kampala with an optional stop at the Equator crossing. Your driver/guide will then complete your transfer to the airport in time for your evening flight back home.
 
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
 

Includes:

  • Accommodation in standard rooms as described above (or similar) according to the option chosen
  • Transport and game-drives in non-air-conditioned 7-seater safari minivan with pop-up roofs
  • Activities as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide 
  • Relevant park entrance fees
  • Gorilla Permits
 

Excludes:

  • Personal expenses such travel and medical insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including water, soft drinks luxury champagne, spirits or meals not included in the itinerary
  • Gratuity for Porterage / waiters at hotels, camps and airports
  • Gratuity for your professional driver guide
  • Cost of obtaining passport and visas
  • Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International or domestic airfare unless specified above
 
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