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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 .

GORILLAS HABITUATION EXPERIENCE


From USD 2625 * | from £ 1916.25*

per person sharing

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 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. This treasure trove of flora and fauna is home to over 370 Mountain Gorillas, accommodating almost a half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas. A tour to this park enables you to get up close and personal with these rare Great Apes. American zoologist George Schaller, one of the first people to study gorillas in the wild, once said: "No one who looks into the eyes of a Gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged."

Day 01: Arrival in Uganda

You arrive at Entebbe International Airport, located on a peninsula that juts out into the largest fresh water lake in Africa, where a driver/guide receives you and transfers you to the hotel you have chosen in Kampala/Entebbe for overnight stay.

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner

Day 02: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You are up at 6.00am and enjoy your breakfast. After your breakfast at 6.30am, you are ready to commence your long drive (11 hours) to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Where you travel this morning depends on where we have secured your Gorilla Habituation permits! You will make your first stop at the Equator Crossing at Kayabwe for some fun pictures and refreshment. You will continue your journey with a stop in Mbarara town for your lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre & Museum. After lunch, you will continue onto Buhoma (northern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) or Kisoro (southern sector) in the viscinity of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Once in Buhoma or Kisoro, you will check-in at the lodge you have chosen for overnight stay.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Gorilla Habituation Experience 

Today you will spend 4-hours (as opposed to 1-hour that the standard trek lasts) in the company of the Mountain Gorillas that are going through the habituation process with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) researchers and rangers. The habituation experience is not for the faint-hearted – it means an early breakfast, a packed lunch and you are off before dawn breaks into the forest. The bonus however is you get much closer to them than you would if you were doing the 1-hour gorilla tracking experience. You meet your guide and you are off to where the gorillas built nests the night before. Dawn is just breaking and the gorilla community you are going to be with is rising from their sleep. The gorilla habituation experience entails getting the gorillas used to the presence of humans (to remove the fear of humans from the group), a process that takes up to two years – and today you are part of the process by your all-day presence in the forest. Your day will be full, your camera will fill up with quality pictures of the gorillas and you will get to learn to identify them as individuals by their markings, sometimes scars and other unique features that make them stand apart from the rest. After 4 hours in the presence of the gorillas, you head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

What to bring for gorilla tracking/trekking: light but sturdy hiking shoes, light rain jacket, daypack, 2 litres of water, gardening gloves, long trousers either jeans/khakis, long-sleeved shirt/blouse, wide-brimmed hat, sun glasses, insect repellent and an energy bar.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Drive to Entebbe & Departure

This morning, after your breakfast at 8.00am, check-out of the lodge to commence the drive 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 where you take fun photos and a chance to purchase a souvenir from your Uganda safari. You will complete your drive to Entebbe where you are dropped off in time for you to check-in for your onward flight home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Includes:

  • Accommodation in Standard Rooms in safari lodges/camps and hotel facilities.
  • On the ground transport in a 5-seater Safari Mini-van or 4x4 Safari Land-cruiser.
  • Game drives, excursions and sight-seeing activities (if any) as described above 
  • Gorilla Habituation permits
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking driver/tour guide
  • Bottled water whilst on safari

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 Visas ($50)
  • Any optional tours and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Airfare
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