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Gorilla Safari
Price starts at US$ 1,790 for 5 days
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Gorilla tracking in Bwindi and chimp walking in Kibale. Meet our closest relatives in one trip. Once in a lifetime encounters with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the afromontane and tropical rain forests of Uganda.

What's Included?

* 1Gorilla Permit per paid person
* Guides
* Safaris and launch trips
* Transport
* Park entrance
* Accommodations and or Camping
* Rangers in the parks
* Tent with mattresses
* Bottled Drinking water
* Chimp walk in Kibale Forest( Where mentioned in the package)
* Bigodi swamp walk( if mentioned in the package)
* All game drives
* Launch trip on the Nile to the Falls( Where mentioned in the package)
* Chimp walk in Budongo Forest(Where mentioned in the package)
* Launch trip on Kazinga Channel
* Full board on the luxury trip

Duration

5 days

Destination Covered

Kampala, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best Suited

All, Budget, Families, Honeymoon, Kids, Luxury, Solo travellers
Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi
Morning will set off from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the home of Mountain Gorillas. It is estimated half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas –300 and more live within Bwindi boundaries. The drive is long but enjoyable with lunch stop on the way. Bwindi National Park is located in the southwestern part of the country –the Kigezi Highlands once known as Switzerland of Africa.

Bwindi National Park offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The 4 families have been habituated for tourism and each is visited by 8 people per day. Although trekking may be strenuous the viewing of the gorillas in their natural habitat is an experience long to be savored.. Apart from the gorillas, there are a variety of primates to be seen including the blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, and black & white Columbus monkeys. The great blue tauracos are often seen and even for a non bird watcher they are marvelous sight.

Arrival will be in the evening and you will then settle in at the Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorillar Resort, Kitandara Camp Buhoma Homestead or Community Bandas , which are just 100 meters from the park offices, for dinner as you prepare for the next day’s event !

Day 2: Gorilla tracking
After breakfast you will be escorted to the park offices to begin your adventure. A briefing from your local guide and then its off! The time taken and the terrain varies (1- 8 hour) according to the movement of these gentle giants. The thrill of meeting face to face takes away the pain of some times long and arduous trek. Return to your lodge for overnight stay.

Day 3: Bwindi – Ishasha /Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After early breakfast head for Ishasha, which is the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, carry out a game drive where you may sight tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest. After picnic lunch drive all the way to the northern sector of the park and check in at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology (budget). The evening will be at leisure dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early morning game drive to see more animals that habit this park, that include predators lion. leopard and other game. Over 500 bird species have been identified here, making it a Mecca for bird-watchers. They include the black bee–eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and other raptors.

Queen Elizabeth National is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda, and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO auspices. It borders on Lake George and Lake Edward as well as Kazinga Channel in the western area of the Great Rift Valley escarpment.

After lunch take a 2-hour launch cruise on the Kazinga channel. This waterway joins Lakes Edward and George and it is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes with elephants at the banks. Retire to the lodge for dinner and over night.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kampala
After early breakfast drive to Kyambura gorge for a primate walk where your will see chimps and other primates e.g Columbus & velvet monkeys and baboons. After tracking proceed to Kampala with your packed lunch. END OF SAFARI
* Food (around 150$ total) if not offered in the package
* Beverages like alcohol
* Visa (Uganda/Rwanda)
* If camping bring your sleeping bag

Gorilla Permits:
Contact us for the current Gorilla permit(s) prices , we assist our clients in booking and acquiring the permits

Insurance:
It’s a condition at booking that all clients must have sufficient medical insurance for the duration of the tour. The insurance should fully cover all personal requirements including death, injury, medical expenses, repatriation in the event of accident or illness, cancellation or curtailment or the tour or damage or theft of client’s personal property. In addition, where a client undertakes activities like trekking, Rafting, Quad biking, cycling, camping and mountaineering they must ensure that the insurance covers such activities. If the client is unfortunate enough to have property stolen from them or sustain injuries, this should be reported to the company immediately and where necessary report to the nearest police station.

We assume no responsibility whatsoever for personal illness, injury, loss or damage to a person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from act of God, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strike, theft, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civic disturbances, terrorism, government restriction or regulations or changes in hotel services in which Harmony safaris limited has no control. All other companies we work with are independent corporations with their own management and not subjected to the control of harmony safaris limited.

Jurisdiction:
Harmony Safaris Limited as a principal company is incorporated in the Republic of Uganda and it operates under the laws of Uganda. Your contract with us and matters arising out of it will be governed by the laws of Uganda save for contracts made through our associated USA company (Harmony Safaris), which will be governed by the laws of missouri, United states of America.

Transportation:
Harmony Safaris limited agrees to provide “4×4″ wheel drive safaris vehicles, minibuses, land cruisers or other vehicles as required at the discretion of the company for the specific itinerary agreed. Although every effort is made to ensure that vehicles are provided in road worthy conditions, no liability can be accepted for breakdown, nor any damage or delay resulting to the hire as a consequence. In case of a break down Harmony Safaris Limited will endeavor to provide a replacement vehicle as soon as posible for the clients to continue with the Safari. The company’s code of conduct for guides is available on request. Clients must not ask guides to break these rules in any way. In the event that a guide does not follow the code of conduct, the client /agent is asked to inform the company head office immediately. The client will be liable for any damage caused to the vehicle as a result of any interference or deliberate damage.This includes legal costs

Accuracy of Information:
The descriptions, information and opinions given by the company in respect to national parks, animal sightseeing, accommodation, itineraries, gorilla permits, security etc are given in good faith based on the latest information available to the company. The company cannot accept any liability for errors or omissions given in such information.

National Parks:
All National parks are under Uganda wildlife authority whose objective is to conserve and sustainably manage wildlife in protected areas to benefit the people of Uganda and the global community. Therefore you are free to enjoy, watch, photograph and leave your foot print but not to disturb, injure or collect any thing from the natural habitat. Entering the park is at your own risk, however Uganda wildlife authority ensures safety for visitors while in the park therefore try your best to abide by the rules regulations of the park authorities.

Animal Viewing:
Animal and birds are mobile and free to roam anywhere in search for food, water, shelter and can migrate in breeding season and hide away from preditors. Therefore, wildlife may not be where you want them to be. Harmony Safaris limited does not guarantee the viewing of wildlife. However, we will do our best to use park guides & knowledge to have good sightings.
The longer you spend observing, waiting and watching in the field the more you will see.

Gorilla and Cimpanzee Permits:
Full payment or agreed amount shall be deposited to our Account at the time of booking and on receipt of payment , Harmony Safaris Limited will book permits for gorilla trekking in the relevant National Park as agreed with the client / agent. However, getting a gorilla permit is not a guarantee of seeing gorillas as local conditions sometimes mean that access to the gorillas is made impossible at short notice. Harmony Safaris Limited cannot be held responsible for any circumstances that might lead to gorilla viewing being cancelled, absence of the gorillas or border security problems. In the event of gorilla trekking being withdrawn at short notice, refunds are at the discretion of the relevant authority and not within the company’s control. If refunds are made available, the company passes them on to the client / agent excluding the 10% administration fees charged at the time of booking

Rescheduling of permits:
Reschedules of permit reservations are not permitted. Any changes of dates will be considered as a cancellation and a re-booking is necessary. The cancellation policy will apply and rebooking for a new date will be at the full cost of a permit. See below as per UWA cancellation policy
Cancellation and Refund by Uganda Wildlife Authority

Cancellation refunds:
A client may cancel a booking and UWA may refund certain amounts when a booking is cancelled in time, as indicated below. All refunds shall be affected at UWA Headquarters in Kampala through the Reservation Office. And refunds may take about 21 days to process.
UWA will retain the following percentages upon cancellations:
0 – 8 days to tracking date – no refund
9 – 45 days to tracking date – 75% (25% refund to client)
46 – 90 days to tracking date – 50% (50% refund to client)
91 days and above to tracking date – 30% (70% refund to client)
No refund will be made on the 30% deposit under any circumstances
The cancellation refund regulation will apply to visitors who cancel prior to their tracking dates.
All Cancellations will be made in writing and UWA will consider the date of receipt of notification as the cancellation date.
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