Savanna Wildlife and Mountain Gorillas Tour
What's Included?* Transport in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof for excellent safari view
* All fuel for the tour;
* Full board accommodation;
* Accommodation in Kampala (last day of tour in case it is not possible to fly out that night)
* 1 gorilla permit per person (a US$600 value).
* 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit (a US$150 value)
* English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
* All meals enroute
* All activities described in the itinerary;
* Bottled drinking water
Destination CoveredBwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale National Park and Kampala
Best SuitedAll, Budget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Solo travellers
You will have early morning breakfast at your hotel, and then head to the West of Uganda. The journey is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green forests and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda.
We shall have a stopover at Entanda Cultural Adventure in Mityana for half-day cultural activities and proceed to Fort Portal. You will be welcomed with a traditional dance, entirely played by the local people with 100% local instruments. And you’re welcome to join the dance – in any case the sound of the music is irresistible.
While the cultural performance continues, you will be served with lots of fresh fruits. We shall also serve you with 100% pure honey still in its combs, harvested just a few hours before your arrival. You will then listen to the sound of one of Uganda’s forgotten musical instruments, Sekitulege. It’s played by only adults and is useful in teaching visitors about sex, and how to make a woman ready! You’ll have a chance to play it. We shall then take you through traditional food preparation. Each of the luwombo (special meal only found in Buganda) is prepared with fresh vegetables. All the food will be harvested fresh from the local gardens – growing organically. You will be taken through different ways of preparing Luwombo. We shall eat everything we cook on the day.
We shall do a short hunting expedition (about 1.5 hours). We shall sit deep in the Kibibi tropical rainforest for a 30 minutes lecture on traditional hunting – the wisdom and experiences of these hunters are thrilling to listen to. The expedition takes you through local homesteads, wetlands, forests and tea plantations – everything is authentic and non-staged. The beauty of this activity is that the lucky animal will be identified (and caught if you’re lucky) but not killed – it will be released back to the wild. That’s our way of conserving wildlife!
We shall have a traditional talk to explore bedroom secrets in Buganda as practiced for generations. The senior lady (senga) will teach you how to look after a husband, how to play sex the traditional way, how to use certain local herbs to treat the sick, and how to manage a home in a typical kiganda tradition. Bed matters will be thoroughly discussed and any questions will be answered. Even necessary herbs will be provided for the ladies in need. Also, the Kojja (uncles) may join you to talk about marriage issues. This discussion has always been extremely exciting as Kojjas and sengas share a combined experience of over 140 years! The talk is fairly about techniques traditionally used to excite ladies and men in bed! Please note that no recording is allowed during these sessions. Only your ears!
Finally, you will be served with luwombo and the dining is purely traditional. It is 100% fresh food, and it is eaten super-hot. You will enjoy the green vegetables commonly enjoyed in this village.
After lunch, the Entanda members shall take a selfie with you, park some fruits for you and say good bye! The journey will continue to Fort Portal for overnight stay.
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and the Community Swamp Walk
Welcome to the Monkey City! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Your day will start with early morning breakfast and briefing from Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers. In company of an experienced ranger, proceed to the depth of this natural tropical rainforest in search of our closest relative still living in the wild. Once you locate the chimpanzees you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. But since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.
After the lunch break, we shall proceed to Bigodi community for a walk through a community wetland. This wetland represents a remarkable example of the role of communities in conservation efforts. The wetland supports the entire community and is managed entirely by the local people. It offers over 200 bird species, varieties of butterflies and primates. You’ll enjoy all of this, and will have a chance to plant a tree which will be named after you! Return to lodge for overnight stay.
You will then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park for overnight stay.
Optional: Chimpanzee habituation experience
To be 100% sure of spending time with Chimpanzees, you can pay an extra fee of only $70 per person. In company of rangers and experienced researchers, you will go on the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day. Book this in time because only 6 persons per day are allowed to go.
Day 3: Game Drive, Boat cruises and cultural encounter
Have early morning breakfast and set off for the morning game drive in the grazers mating area. Carefully search for lions, hyenas, elephants, buffaloes and many more wild animals. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippos and birds, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.
Return to lodge for lunch and take an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, connecting between lakes Edward and George. Your eyes will be treated to varieties of bird species, wild animals, including dozens of schools of hippos. This cruise is ranked by many as one of the most exciting activities in Uganda.
Optional activity: Lion Tracking
At an extra fee of US$100 p.p., you can join the research team for a unique lion monitoring experience. Here you have a 95% chance of seeing lions up close. This new and unique experience allows you to actively participate in monitoring some of the lions in the park, using locator devices. You will learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results will be added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. Because the number of people on each outing is limited to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors, you need to let us know of your interest in advance. Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night.
Day 4: Tree Climbing lions and descent to the land of Mountain Gorillas
After early morning breakfast, we shall set off for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the south, carefully driving through the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park for more wild animals and importantly, tree climbing lions. Driving through rural Uganda, with sights of green hills marked by agricultural terraces is truly refreshing. Reach Bwindi late afternoon and have good rest for the big day, gorilla sights and sounds. Your lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park.
Day 5: Gorilla Tracking
Have an early morning breakfast, after which you will get to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest information centre for briefing. You will then set off into this tropical rainforest, hilly and soggy, to track the mountain gorillas. It’s a fairly tough walk but one you’ll never forget – the sight of these apes as they feed, play and relax is not only a humbling and emotional experience but a privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own “Gorillas in the Mist”. Besides the gorillas, you will encounter hundreds of bird species, small mammals, primates and lots of plant life. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. You will be allowed a maximum of one hour with the gorillas but tracking them can take up to 7 hours.
Day 6: Return to Kampala
Have morning breakfast and set off for Kampala with a stop-over at Igongo cultural museum for lunch and cultural museum experience. Proceed to Kampala with another stopover at the equator for some photos as you cross from the south to the northern hemisphere. Check into your hotel for overnight stay or return to Entebbe for departure.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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1.5. All packages are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed. Many lodges and hotels offered by Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris have limited capacity and therefore it is essential to make reservations well in advance of your planned trip.
1.6. In the event that you wish to amend your reservation in any way, Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris will make the preferred adjustment where practicable and possible and confirm accordingly. Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris reserves the right to charge an amendment fee relative to the actual costs, which will be added to the total invoice.
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2.1 The prices quoted for the various safaris are as per the itinerary and include the following services, unless stated otherwise: overnight in hotels, guesthouses, tents or lodges, all meals as indicated, sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary, entrance fees, ranger fees (in parks), airport transfers where applicable, ground transportation, English speaking driver/guides and bottled mineral water in the vehicle.
2.1 Expenses that are not covered: international and domestic air fares, visa and passports, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks other than the mineral water provided in the vehicle, tips and gratuities for the guides and accommodation staff, laundry, travel insurance, costs of participating in projects (to be communicated during confirmation) and other items of a personal nature.
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2.1 Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris reserves the right to adjust prices at any time should there be any fluctuation in the exchange rate or increase in the cost of any element of the tour. The company will however make every effort to minimize any increases.
3.0 EXECUTION OF THE TOUR
3.1 It is a privilege to see animals in their natural habitat and as such, we cannot guarantee wildlife or game viewing. You must take caution when viewing the animals and carefully follow the instructions given by either the tour guide or wildlife rangers.
3.1 All visitors are expected to respect the cultural values of the local people where community engagement will be undertaken. Uganda has a variety of cultures and therefore the specific cultural values and behaviors expected of a visitor will be communicated at the time of booking or during the trip. Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris promotes responsible tourism.
3.1 A gorilla or chimpanzee permit guarantees clients will be able to track the primates in question but does not guarantee that the animals will be in plain sight. Some effort will be needed in tracking the primates.
3.1 Accommodation is based on a twin or double bedded room, tent or banda, with private bathroom where possible. Single rooms may be available with the payment of a supplement fee but availability cannot always be guaranteed.
3.1 Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris reserves the right to substitute equivalent or superior hotels. If a hotel of equivalent standard is not available Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris may substitute the next best quality hotel or suggest superior standard accommodation (extra charges may apply).
3.1 The mode of transport used will be dependent on the number of clients and the route taken, based on the specifications of the chosen itinerary. Every effort is made to ensure that vehicles are provided in a roadworthy condition but no liability can be accepted for a puncture, breakdown, damage, or any delay as a result of the poor road conditions.
3.1 Experienced English speaking driver/guides are a key part of your tour. They are the only person(s) allowed to drive Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris’ vehicles. The driver’s decision on all matters, such as the route taken, is final.
3.1 Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris reserves the right to alter any route or arrangement, to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour or vary the safari services in any way in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as road closures, bad weather, problems with national parks or hotels and security considerations. In such cases, alternative arrangements will be made as circumstances permit.
3.1 Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied.
3.1 Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris reserves the right to refuse any person from participating or continuing any tour if, in Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris’ opinion or in the opinion of any other person in authority, the person concerned behaves in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, hazard or inconvenience to any third party, damage to property or to environments and ecosystems. No refunds will be made and Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris shall not be liable for expenses incurred as a result of the termination.
4.1. All tours will be booked and confirmed only upon receipt of a 25% deposit of the basic program rate. For gorilla permits, a full advance payment of the permit fee is required in order to make the reservation.
4.2. The payment balance is due no later than 45 days prior to the safari, unless agreed otherwise.
4.3. Bookings made within 45 days before arrival must be paid in full at the time of confirmation.
4.4. If payment is not received in accordance with the above, Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris has the right to cancel the booking.
4.5. Payment can be made by VISA credit card, PayPal, Pesamoni, bank transfer or cash, before the start of the safari. Note that payments by VISA credit card and Paypal attract a 5% service charge. Credit card transactions must be made at least 45 days prior to the start of your safari.
4.6. The costs of international transactions are to be fully paid by the client.
5.0 CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
5.1. All cancellation requests must be made in writing and shall be effective on the date of actual receipt by Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris.
5.2. The following cancellation charges apply to the basic program rate:
S/N Cancellation period Applicable charge
1. 60 days or more prior to arrival 10% charge
2. 59 – 32 days prior to arrival 25% charge
3. 31 – 8 days prior to arrival 50% charge
4. 7 – 3 days prior to arrival 75% charge
5. 48 hours or less prior to arrival 100% charge
5.3. Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris reserves the right to deduct all expenses incurred from money paid.
5.4. Gorilla permits, chimpanzee permits and air tickets are 100% non-refundable.
5.5. No refunds will be made for any unused services, late arrival or no-show of any of the members of the tour.
6.1. Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris shall try to ensure that the company exceeds the expectations in every area of the tour arrangements. However, suggestions are very much appreciated in order to keep improving the quality of the service.
6.2. Complaints must be reported immediately to the Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris representative and to the supplier of the service in question, who will do their best to resolve the matter. If the problem is not solved to the client’s satisfaction, the complaint should be reported in writing and not later than 30 days after completion of the tour. Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris will be glad to address your complaints to your satisfaction.
6.3. Liability for any complaints not notified in accordance with the above described procedure cannot be accepted.
7.1. Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris will make every effort to ensure that all arrangements and services offered as part of the safari are carried out as specified in the most efficient way possible. However, the company does not have direct control of the provision of services by suppliers and, whilst every supplier is chosen with the utmost care, Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris does not accept liability for errors or omissions of such suppliers.
7.2. 7.2 Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury of any nature whatsoever whether to person or property.
7.3. 7.3 Whilst every care is taken, Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris cannot be held responsible for the direct or indirect costs of loss or damage to baggage or personal possessions.
7.4. 7.4 Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris cannot accept liability or pay compensation for unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the company or its staff, including flight delays/cancellations or force majeure such as war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist acts, border closure, acts of government or other authorities, strikes, thefts, epidemics, road closures, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, extreme weather conditions, fire, technical and/or mechanical problems to transport and all similar events beyond the company’s control.
7.5. 7.5 It is the responsibility of the travel agency/wholesaler to ensure that all members of the tour have the appropriate passports, visas, travel permits, health certificates and other documentation required for the safari.
7.6. 7.6 It is the responsibility of the clients to take proper medical and practical precautions in regard to health and safety. Medical advice should be sought well before travelling.
7.7. 7.7 Clients are strongly advised to obtain comprehensive travel insurance before coming to Uganda. Local evacuation coverage is available in the likely event of a medical emergency while on safari with Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris.
7.8. 7.8 The respective laws of the country govern Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris’ liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the cause of action arises.
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