March 16-22 2019 Gorillas and Chimpanzees.
With WildLife Photographer and guide Kevin Dooley
Single Supplement $789.00
Trekking for Gorillas and Chimps with Kevin Dooley
Day 1 – Entebbe – 16th March 2019
Arrive Entebbe airport you will be met by our representative today and transferred to Boma Guest House which is only 10minutes away from the airport
Boma Guest House
Day2- 17th March 2019
Entebbe –Kibale National Park
Early after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight to Kibale National Park. Upon arrival at the airstrip in Kasese, you will meet your guides who will then transfer you to Kyaninga lodge where you will be staying for two nights.
In the afternoon, you have the opportunity of doing the crater walk.
A comfortable stroll around the lake with stunning views of Lake Kyaninga, the Rwenzori Mountains and the beautiful rolling hills of Fort Portal. This is the minimum anyone should think of doing with the walk only taking about an hour and half and there being good chances of seeing Vervet monkeys, Black and White Colobus monkeys and an array of birds. A guide is not necessary but available free of charge.
Kibale National Park is an enchanting, pretty place and one of the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. At a little under 800 square kilometers (800 square miles), the park is a mix of lowland tropical rain forest, mixed tropical deciduous forest and montane forest; it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest in East Africa. All those trees mean it’s good monkey country: Kibale is famous for its thirteen resident primates including chimps, L’Hoest’s monkeys with their snugly wrapped white neck ruffs, Black and White colobus, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys and red colobus whose copper colored backs gleam in the sunshine and catch the light; the Forest is the last place in Uganda where large concentrations of Red Colobus can be found.
The seventy species of mammals here, including smaller forest elephants, bushbuck, Harvey’s red duiker, blue duiker, bush pig, giant forest hog and African civet, are partly supported because of the generous 180-kilometer (111 mile) wildlife corridor that runs from southern Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Birdlife is prolific – the great blue Turaco with its purple crest and yellow beak flits, exotically flamboyant, the gloriously named sunshine- bright joyful bulbul, so called for its gregarious chat and the green breasted pitta all inject jewel colour into the dark green of forests. The flutter of avian wings augmented by those in the insect world: Kibale is home to a staggering 250 species of butterfly.
Day 3-18 March 2019
Today after breakfast you will depart for the forest for Chimp trekking. The tracking can be strenuous 2 – 4 hours trip would not be uncommon and so you should be fit and prepared with the correct footwear and drinking water for the duration and later. Upon return you can do the Bigodi Swamp walk or a walk to the craters.
Day 4-19th March
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kasese airstrip where you will take your scheduled flight to Kihihi airstrip. You will be met by your guide who will transfer you to Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp which is about a 90minute drive.
The gloriously named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is aptly named, ‘bwindi’ which means darkness, and this densely tangled green wilderness is deeply shaded, steeply rising, the elevation soars from just over 1000 meters (3280 feet) to almost 3000 meters (9850 feet), and so rugged and tightly packed, that it’s only accessible on foot. Located in south-western Uganda, it is one of the richest, oldest and most diverse rainforests in the region, 25 000 years old boasting over 400 plant species, including more than 100 species of fern which thrive in this rich, wet place. Bwindi receives over 2.5 meters (98 inches) of rain a year. Within its 330 square kilometers (127 square miles) live 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies and 27 species of frogs, chameleons and geckos. From the tiny to the enormous, this thick, mist-shrouded lushness is also home to over 400 mountain gorillas, half the world’s population, some of whom live within habituated groups so visitors can observe them: standing respectively, quietly aside, you can watch these enormous, majestic, impressive animals getting on with the business of living: feeding, playing, watching you back. They aren’t the only primates, they share the forest with almost a dozen other species including chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys and colobus which leap from branch to branch, their black and white capes spread behind them as parachutes, their throaty calls rattling out across the forest.
Day 5 and 6 20, 21, March
Today is the long-awaited day. After an early breakfast, your guide will escort you to the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park headquarters where you will meet fellow trackers and gorilla guide who will then lead you into the forest to find the Mountain Gorillas. The trekking may be strenuous – up to six hours or longer is not uncommon – at relatively high altitude. Mountain Gorillas are wild animals, and so, sightings cannot be guaranteed, however the success rate is well over 95%. These massive primates are extremely rare, only approximately 650 remaining. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend up to one hour amongst them.
Returning to the lodge later in the day and time permitting, you may have an opportunity for further forest or community walks with the guides, visit the Batwa tribe or just to relax and enjoy your photos of the mountains gorillas.
Dinner will be at the camp on both nights but on your last night you get treated to a special farewell dinner.
Day 7 22nd March
After breakfast, you will depart for the airstrip in Kihihi for your scheduled flight back to Entebbe drive to the airstrip is about 90 minutes from the lodge- your scheduled flight 0945hrs to Entebbe will take about 90 minutes where you will then land at Entebbe airport 1125hrs you will be met and taken to departure before your flight home.
WHY GORILLA FOREST CAMP
- Frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location
- Exclusive camp with only eight rooms, the perfect base for a once in a lifetime trip to track mountain gorillas
- Opportunity for community interaction, including the local Batwa Pygmies
- Specially customised sedan chairs with support and harness allows less able guests to be carried into the rainforest to track the gorillas in their natural habitat
- An established philanthropy project at Bwindi Community Hospital which guests can visit
Located within Bwindi National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area.
REMOTE AND ATMOSPHERIC
As the only concessionaire luxury camp within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park’s most famous resident – the mountain gorilla. The main area features a comfotable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp often receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.
RELAX IN THE RAINFOREST
The eight tents at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp are stylish and spacious, each featuring two queen sized beds. In addition to the comfortable warm beds, each tent has a huge bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent observing and meeting gorillas. Observe rare forest species while soaking in the tub, followed by a cocktail on the private viewing deck served by your personal attendant.
The bar and dining cottage overlooks the rainforest and a raised natural platform is built for open air-dining. A full English and continental breakfast is served before your morning activity. Trekking gorilla’s today? The camp will pack you a scrumptious lunch including fresh fruit, sweet and savoury delights to take with you. Once back at the camp celebratory drinks and snacks will be served under the stars by the roaring campfire as you discuss your amazing adventure. All meals are à la carte and served in the bar and dining area overlooking the rainforest. Chef Jackson serves a silver service dinner with four to five courses each evening. One of the mains might even include his favourite dish – Matooke rolled chicken with creamed spinach and ground nut sauce. Celebrating a special occasion? We are able to offer romantic private dinners.
- Uganda Inclusions:
- Accommodation and meals as above
- Meet and greet
- Drinks at Gorilla Forest Camp
- Drinking water
- English speaking guide
- Transfers to and from the gorillas
- Park Entry fees
- Community walk (Batwa)
- Swamp walk in Kibale
- Crater walk in Kibale
- Forest walk in Bwindi
- Land cruiser in a 4×4
- Gorilla permits $600 each
- Kibale chimp permits $150 each
- Scheduled and seat rate flights when in Uganda
- Uganda Exclusions:
- Any items of personal nature
- Entry visas $50 each and must be completed online https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
- Travel and medical insurance
- International flights
Visa Information. Visa’s are required for US passport holders at both Kenya and Uganda.
- $7899.00 per person Double Occupancy. $799.00 Single,
- Depart USA March 14th or 15th 2019
- Arrive Entebbe March 16th 2019
- Overnight Entebbe March 16th 2019. .
- March 17th, 2 nights Kibale, Chimp Trek
- March 19 Transfer
- March 19,20,21 Bwindi Gorilla Trekking ,
- March 22nd flight to Entebee Depart for Home or Extension.