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7 Days Camping - Gorilla Encounter [NKK]

Route:

Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kampala

Gorilla Encounter - Camping - 2014

Highlights: Mountain Gorilla, Rain forest, Equator, Queen Elizabeth NP

Countries Visited: Uganda

TOUR CODE:NKK
Accommodation:
Twin Share Camping
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type:
Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 7 Nights: 6

Meals:
Breakfast:6
Lunch:6
Dinner:5

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8:00am from The Red Chilli Hideaway, Plot 17, Gangaram Road, Mbuya, Kampala. Tel: +256 (0)414 223903, http://www.redchillihideaway.com/

End Point
The Red Chilli Hideaway, Plot 17, Gangaram Road, Mbuya, Kampala. Tel: +256 (0)414 223903, http://www.redchillihideaway.com/

*NOTE: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travellers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Kampala
After arrival in Kampala, you will meet up with your guides. This day is set aside for everyone to explore the area. Most people take an optional day trip to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary of Ngamba Island. This non-profit eco-friendly project was set up in 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees.

Optional Activities: Ngamba Chimpanzee Excursion, visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Dinner out
Meals: No meals included
Accommodation: Camp: Red Chilli Hideaway: www.redchillihideaway.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers

Day 2 Kampala - Lake Bunyoni
Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort: www.bunyonyioverland.com
Facilities: Hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, shop
Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyoni ±435km
Travel time: ±12hrs

Day 3/4 Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)
The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection.

An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day in Bunyoni you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

Optional activities: Mountain biking, nature walk, hiking

Day 3
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort: www.bunyonyioverland.com
Facilities: Hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, shop
Route: Lake Bunyoni National Park to the starting point of the Gorilla Trek: ±125 km (in safari or smaller vehicles)
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Day 4
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort: www.bunyonyioverland.com
Facilities: Hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, shop
Route: Starting point of the Gorilla Trek to Lake Bunyoni ±125 km
Travel Time: ±3-4 hrs

Please note: Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other day are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Day 5/6 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Leaving Lake Bunyoni, we venture to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we will spend the next 2 nights. Many game species can be found in this wetland park as well as the (elsewhere elusive) giant forest hog and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector. We will enjoy an included 4x4 game drive on day 6 through the NP.

Optional Activities: Kasinga Channel Sunset Cruise, Chimpanzee trekking at Lake George
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Hippo Hill: www.hippohilllodge.com
Facilities: Hot showers, bar Route: Lake Bunyoni to Queen Elizabeth NP ±310 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Activity Package: 4x4 game drive on Day 6

Day 7 Kampala
Today we drive back to Kampala where our tour will come to an end. 4 NB: This itinerary is flexible and can be changed without notice in order to accommodate the best possible viewing of the gorillas. The permit price to visit the gorillas can also change without notice and is currently between USD605 and USD705 per person. In the event that we cannot obtain permits for Uganda, we will trek in Rwanda and a higher permit price may apply

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.

Tour Ends
The tour ends at The Red Chilli Hideaway http://www.redchillihideaway.com/. We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening through your travel agent or Nomad.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Activity Package
This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour. This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.

Activity & Price
-Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive R 750
TOTAL: R 750

Gorilla Permit – USD605 – USD705
The cost of a permit to visit the Gorillas is currently as above. Please check actual amount with us closer to departure. You will be pre-invoiced for this non-refundable amount.

What’s included
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

What’s excluded
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

 

Extra information

Climate
The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris, to make these bookings.

Arrival / Departure
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

Insurance
All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via SA Tours and Safaris, please enquire with our consultants for further information.

Currency and Banking
USD (United States Dollars) is the best currency for East Africa. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes. USD20 and USD50 notes are good to change in to local currency. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

Health
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Visa
Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities require visas for East African countries. Although most nationalities can obtain their visa on the border we prefer that you obtain it before arrival to save time at immigration when crossing from one country to another. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are required for this tour.