5-Day Gorillas Uganda - Rwanda Safari Package

This 5Days Safari Starts and ends in Entebbe, it grants chance for an ultimate Gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi Forest where you get up close to the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Leave the African jungle with lasting memories as you take a journey of adventure and discovery on a Community walk near the lodge surroundings and come across breath taking scenic sights.

What's Included?

Internal flights
SAMPLE LODGES
Day 1: Main destination: Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation: Best Western Premier Garden HotelMid-range hotel located in or near Entebbe Airport

Day 2: Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation: Gorilla Safari LodgeMid-range lodge located inside Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Day 3: Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation: Gorilla Safari LodgeMid-range lodge located inside Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Day 4: Main destination: Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Accommodation: Gorilla Safari LodgeMid-range lodge located inside Golden Gate Highlands NP

Day 5: Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)

Duration

5 days

Destination Covered

Uganda and Rwanda

Best Suited

All
Day 1: Arrival - Entebbe International Airport
Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport where your Uganda Adventure Safari starts by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.
Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money Changed on this day and time allowing you may go for city tour with the help of our driver/guide, visiting the Uganda Wildlife Education center to see the endemic species at an extra charge of $15 Per person or have a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria at an extra fee of $35 per person to welcome you for a memorable adventure.

Day 2: Entebbe - Bwindi Impenetrable national park
After your morning breakfast embark on your 9 hours drive to Bwindi with a stopover at the Equator where you will be able to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. Later have a stopover for lunch before for continuing to Bwindi. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, dating back over 25,000 years and contain almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this "impenetrable forest" is home to half of the remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world. You will have an enroute lunch, arriving at the lodge in the evening.

Day 3: Gorilla Treking
After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure, after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here, the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these amazing apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge.

Day 4: Bayenda Falls Hike / Golden Monkeys Tracking
After breakfast hike to the pretty water falls known as the Bayenda water falls. The walk takes you through the forest where your guide will be explain the flora and fauna along the way. The walk may take approximately one hour each way to and from the falls. Or you may opt to trek the Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga Forest at a supplement of $100 per person
In the afternoon, you may choose to relax or choose to do optional activities at the lodge.

Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National park - Departure
After breakfast drive back to Kampala with a stopover for lunch en route as well as at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. Take some photos, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations arriving in the afternoon and you will be transferred to catch your flight to your next destination.
Travel Info
Visas
All visitors to Kenya and Tanzania are required to have valid passports. Visas are also required for visitors who are not citizens of the commonwealth countries in order to enter Kenya. However, since visa requirements may change, it is advisable for the visitors to check the current visa requirements through airlines, tour operators or Kenya Tourist Offices, Kenya Embassies or High Commissions in their countries before coming, to avoid embarrassment. Visas normally take up to six weeks to process and are valid for up to a three month period. Those visitors with proper documents and who also possess onward or return tickets may be given visitor’s passes free of charge on arrival at any Kenyan point of entry.

During the three months period, the visitors’ pass holders are not allowed to engage themselves in any form of work or business in the country without authority from the Principal Immigration officer.

Weather

Kenya and Tanzania enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.

The average annual temperature for the coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 17 metres) is 30.30 Celsius maximum and 22.40 Celsius minimum, the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 1,661 metres) 25.20 Celsius maximum and 13.60 Celsius minimum, Eldoret (altitude 3,085) 23.60 Celsius maximum and 9.50 Celsius minimum, Lodwar (altitude) 506 metres) and the drier north plainlands 34.80 Celsius maximum and 23.70 Celsius minimum.

There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning.

The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August.

The annual migration of wildlife between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya takes place between June and September. The migration of almost two million wildebeest, zebras and other species is nature’s greatest spectacle on earth. The animal trek has been captured by filmmakers worldwide.

Useful Tips

Baggage
Baggage space on safari is restricted to one medium suitcase or holdall per person, plus hand baggage (private safaris where there are less than 7 persons in the vehicle are not subject to this restriction). Visitors to Treetops and the Ark are asked to take overnight bags only; suitcases can be left at the base hotel. Hotels will normally store baggage at no extra cost. A baggage weight restriction of 15 kg per person applies on air safaris. Where very small aircraft are used this maybe reduced to 10kg.

Currency
Hard currencies can be exchanged in cash or travellers cheques at banks all over the country, at forex bureaus in Nairobi and at most large hotels. US Dollars and Sterling Pounds are most acceptable and will cause the least delay. As a norm, always ask what commission and charges will be deducted first and prior to transaction. Banks are usually open from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, Mondays through Fridays and from 9.00 am and 11.00 am on Saturdays.

Credit Cards
VISA, MASTERCARD and AMERICAN EXPRESS are widely accepted for tourist services.

Health
Since rules concerning disease prevention change from time to time, a check should be made with the nearest Kenyan High Commission, Kenya Tourist Office or any airline flying scheduled services into Kenya. Malaria is epidemic to most parts of Kenya and intending visitors should start taking anti-malarial tablets before departure and continue taking them for the prescribed time after their return. Insect repellents should be made use of after dusk and suitable cover up clothes should be worn in the evenings.

Flying Doctors Society
Membership of the Flying Doctors Society is strongly recommended. In event of accident or sickness while on safari, the society will fly patients by air ambulance to Nairobi for admittance to hospital. The current cost for 1-month membership is US$ 25 per person.

Drinking Water
Drinking water from the tap must be considered risky. Hotels and lodges usually furnish safe water in a thermos flask in guest rooms. Bottled mineral water is available in every hotel and supermarket.

Security
Normal precautions as in any other destination world-wide should be taken. Visitors are advised not to leave cash and valuables in their hotel rooms but to make use of safe deposit boxes and safes. One should never carry large sums in cash and women should keep a tight grip on handbags in crowds or busy streets. Jewellery snatching is quite common in city streets. As in all major cities walking alone or in small groups at night should be considered a hazard and avoided. Reliable taxis are available at all the principal hotels. Taking photographs at airports, near military installations, of policeman, the president, the national flag, the State House, state lodges, soldiers, prisons and prisoners etc., is prohibited. Before photographing local people, permission should be obtained and a fixed price agreed. Seek the assistance of your driver/guide in this matter.

Voltage
Both mains electricity and generated supply in lodges provide 240 volts AC 50 cycles. Most large hotels and some game lodges provide shaving points with 110v 50 cycles. Sockets are normally three pin and of the ‘square’ variety.

Tipping and Porterage
Although hotels and lodges include a service charge, it is customary to tip porters, waiters, taxi drivers and safari drivers/guides.

Language
Kiswahili is the lingua franca while English is the official language. In addition, most tribes have their own language.

Post and Telephones
Keeping in touch by mail and telephone is generally easy. Direct overseas dialing is possible from major centers and increasingly from remote places such as game lodges. Call home bureaus are in plenty in Nairobi as are the Cyber café for e-mail and Internet access.

Arrivals and Departures
Kenya has two main ports of entry by air: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Located 16 km from the city center. Moi International Airport, Mombasa. Located 12 km from the town center. Mombasa is the main port of entry by sea.Dallago tours and safaris Kenya Animal world safaris Kenya

Airport Departure Tax
International Airport departure tax equivalent to US$ 40 per person is payable on departure from the International airports. A local airport service charge is also payable on departure for domestic flights. As this varies from country to country, please check with us on the prevailing amounts payable prior to your flight departure.
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