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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
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

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
Entebbe Int'l Airport
2
2 nights
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve
1
1 night
Lake Mburo
Entebbe Int'l Airport
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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.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain African trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain African countries. 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.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Africa trips the bag restriction is 65x46cm with a max weight of 15kg, and bags must be soft sided. No hard-sided suitcases will be allowed. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the mini-vans).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Africa. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re on a safari, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and 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 the 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$300 just in case. In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

There will be WiFi at some lodges and most hotels, but when you’re staying in safari camps you may be off-grid. But 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 a giraffe centre in Nairobi and an elephant orphanage in Kenya to a community visit in Shanga, we make sure our African experiences give something back to this incredible continent.

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