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Gorilla Trek

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The one that gets you up close & personal with the gorillas in Uganda

Duration
4 Days
Places
3 places

Visiting Entebbe Int'l Airport, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve, Lake Mburo

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Transport Style

Minivan + Safari Vehicles

Highlights

  • Gorilla Trek, including up to 1 hour with gorilla group
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

3 nights accommodation

2 nights in African Lodge, 1 night in Luxury Safari Tent

You will stay in safari lodges typical of the environment with all the facilities you require to be an adventurer but one who can still enjoy some comfort.

9 Meals

3 Dinner, 3 Lunch, 3 Breakfast

All of your meals starting with lunch on Day 1 are taken care of. A delicious breakfast each morning to get you started- packed lunches so you can stay on the move and searching for wildlife and then a good hearty dinner to close off a fulfilling day.

Team

Local Guides and Driver

You’ll be safe in the hands of your professional Safari Guides, whose knowledge of Africa and wildife will keep you enthralled throughout the duration of your trip.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

We will be driven around in 4WD vehicles at all times to ensure safe passage through the rugged terrain- and whilst on our way to meet the Gorillas- it will be good old foot power as we trek through the spectacular jungle- Indiana Jones style!

Experiences

1 included

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Admire the views from Lake Victoria Basin to Bwindi Forest, via traditional Ugandian villages
- Spend up to an hour in the presence of a wild gorilla family in thier natural forest habitat
- Drive through plains of wild animals in search of zebra, impala and cape buffalo 
- Gain a deeper understanding of the Ugandian people of the forest with a Batwa cultural experience*
- Visit a local community village to learn of customs and life in rural Uganda* 
- Tick off the bucket list highlight of a genuine safari in the heart of Africa

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
You've been in search of the Big Five, now what about the Big Six? On this trip we get up-close-and-personal, trekking deep into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve to meet the elusive East African Gorilla. Majestic, mountain-dwelling and pretty darn massive, these magnificent creatures are worth every second of the journey through the Kigezi mountains to find them. With an expert team of gorilla trackers and local guides, a special permit to spend up to an hour with a gorilla family, and an extra game drive at Lake Mburo for wildlife spotting, prepare yourself for the most unforgettable wildlife encounter and once-in-a-lifetime gorilla experience.

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Gorilla Trek

1 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Gorilla Trek, including up to 1 hour with gorilla group

0 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

Itinerary

Nights spent per location

  1. Entebbe Int'l Airport

  2. 2 2 nights

    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve

  3. 1 1 night

    Lake Mburo

  4. Entebbe Int'l Airport

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter Uganda. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

Please note, a non-refundable cost permit is required to confirm your place on this trip.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On this trip the bag restriction is 65x46cm with a max weight of 15kg, and bags must be soft sided. No hard-sided suitcases will be allowed.

What do the Contiki team do?

You’ll have an expert Local Guides & Gorilla Trackers to navigate the trail, Porters to carry all the essentials. This is your team. Trusted Contiki partners who are specialised, smart, friendly, fun, and integral to your adventure. Please note that this is not an 18-35 trip, and you may trek with other travellers outside that age bracket. This trip uses local guides and experts for tracking the Gorillas and getting you around for the duration of the trip.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of any Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
It is strongly advised to have US$ in cash before the start of the trip.  Most places let you pay with card, but it is strongly advised to have US$200 - US$300 just in case. In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Guide, Tracker and Porter team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

How much time do we spend with the gorillas?

On Day 2, you’ll attend a briefing by the Tourism Conservation and the gorilla guides, where  you’ll be briefed on how to behave in the forest while in the presence of a gorilla family. You’ll then set off on a trek with the gorilla trackers, guides and porters, and once the gorilla group is found, you will be allowed an hour to stay with the gorillas before breaking off for lunch in the forest. Then on Day 3, you’ll get to go on a late afternoon game drive for some spotting of zebra, impala, topi, Cape buffalo and other plains game to add to your growing wildlife list. 

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

When you're trekking and staying in camps and lodges you are likely to be off-grid. Then again, when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel. 

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From working with local suppliers and guides to choosing sustainable wildlife experiences, we make sure we’re always giving something back to this incredible continent.

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