Village Gorilla Safaris
Personalised Tours by Knowledgeable Ugandan Guides
Safari and travel company in Uganda, offering a wide range of guided tours and excursions built on local knowledge. Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, Mountaineering, Primate safaris, Gorilla permit bookings, Game viewing, White water rafting and canoeing, Cultural experience, City drive, Honeymoon, Corporate Retreats, Guided packages for photographers, researchers and documentary makers, Fishing, Birding, Community/Village/Swamp/Nature walks, Rhino experience, Handcraft weaving and Women empowerment for environment, School program support, Go~green Tree planting, Car hire services 4x4s, safari van and saloon cars, Hotels and safari lodge bookings, Safari planning, Tour packages to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Congo.
10 national parks: QUEEN ELIZABETH NP 2-MURCHISON FALLS NP 3-BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NP 4-LAKE MBURO NP 5-KIDEPO VALLEY NP 6-SEMULIKI NP 7-RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NP 8-MGAHINGA NP 9-MOUNT ELGON NP 10-KIBALE FOREST NP
Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African Savannah meets the West African Jungle. Only in this impossibly lush country can track Lowland Gorillas and Chimpanzees through the rain forest.
Lions, leopard and hyena prowl the open plains in the morning and late evenings. The tropics team with hippos and crocodiles.
In the misty mountains you stare deep into the eye of a mountain Gorilla!
Certainly, Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plains antelopes.
One of only FOUR AFRICAN COUNTRIES whose bird checklist tops 1000!
More than Wildlife
The almighty River Nile is punctuated by the spectacular Murchison Falls, the setting for the World's most thrilling White Water rafting.
There are snow capped peaks of Mt.RWENZORI, which provides a tantalising challenge to dedicated mountaineers, as well as the Virunga volcanoes and Mountain Elgin, both of which offer highly scintillating highland scenery. More sedately, the myriad islands of lake Victoria and Bunyonyi are idyllic venues, as are the myriad forests - fringed crater lakes that stud the rift valley floor and escarpment around Fortportal.
Whether you're a first time safari goer or a seasonal African traveller, Uganda-with it's unique blend of Savannah and forests creatures, it's rare wealth of Montana and lake habitats is simply dazzling.
The UNFORGETTABLE Tour
12-DAYS UGANDA PACKAGE TO EXPERIENCE GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES AND BIG 5
Day 1: Arrival at the Entebbe airport ,pick up and transfer straight to Bwindi impenetrable National park, the drive takes almost 9-10 hrs drive. Reach at the estimated lodge /camp, have dinner and rest for the next days Gorilla experience.
Day 2: Do Gorilla trekking and afternoon Cultural encounter with the Local Batwa people.After your early morning hefty breakfast, your driver guide will drive you with your packed lunch, bottled water, to the Park head Quarters in your respective gorilla trekking region for an early morning briefing at about 7:30am to 8:00am about etiquettes of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. While at the park headquarters, you will meet other trekkers and you will be divided into groups of eight individuals who are only allowed to trek one specific habituated Gorilla family. After briefing, Uganda Wildlife Authority experienced ranger guide will lead you to the trail heads where thrilling gorilla trekking experience starts from.You will enter in the ancient, thick dark impenetrable forest to begin hiking the hills and slopping the valleys when looking for the unique species of the mountain gorillas inhabited in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The trek can take you between 2-8 hours to meet face to face with the mountain gorillas and once up close, you will be allowed to spend one magical hour with these stunning apes. During this time you can decide to sit down listen to gorilla crumble, study how these apes go about their daily activities and you can take as many photos as possible.When the one hour is done, you will walk back to the park headquarters and retire back to your lodge for late Lunch, relaxation. After relaxation, you will be driven to the nearby Batwa community for memorable, refreshing cultural encounter. Here you will be guided by a local guide who will take you to the different communities to see how people have managed to survive through farming.You will see how local brew is processed from fresh Bananas and forest remedies to get beer and Waragi and also enjoy the performances done by the local Batwa women groups. After that interesting cultural encounter, you will drive back to your respective lodge for dinner and overnight. Thereafter the activity, you will retreat back to your lodge for dinner, memory sharing and overnight.
Day 3 : Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and Ishasha game drive in search of the elusive climbing lions.Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park after taking your early morning breakfast. The drive will take you through the impressive country side landscapes with rural setting and local populations. On arrival to Ishasha sector, you will have your lunch and participate in an afternoon game drive through the tracks of Ishasha sector. The game drive will give you the possibilities of encountering tree climbing lions that tend to lie on the branches of fig trees while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda Kobs. You may also see other wildlife species like buffalos, elephants. After game drive in Ishasha, continue with the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Mweya peninsular.Retire to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Do a morning game drive along Kasenyi plains and an afternoon Kazinga channel boat trip.Take an early morning cup of coffee before embarking on the wild game viewing in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you through Kasenyi which is a dwelling place for a range of game including the elephants, lions, buffaloes, Antelopes among others. The racks are well designed to increase you possibilities of encountering wild game. The sights of an elusive leopard, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Side stripped Jackal; Oribis among others might be encountered. Return to the lodge after this 3 -4 hour game drive for refreshment and relaxation until the time for lunch. After having a sumptuous lunch, embark on the rewarding boat cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes Edward and George. The 2 hour boat cruise opens your possibilities of enjoying the calm channel waters filled with counts of Hippos no wonder the channel is called the Paradise of Hippos. The other sights of water birds and the Nile crocodiles may not be missed. Retire in the evening at 5pm for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 5: Have an early morning balloon safari and transfer to Rwenzori mountains National Park.The hot air balloon adventure is obviously an amazing experience especially for the honeymooners and couples who will enjoy the serenity of the wilderness above the ground.The balloon costs $380 per person (paid separately) and it takes off at 06.15 am and the flight will take place for approximately 1 hour. Flights can vary from 45 minutes up to 1.5 hours depending on the amount of fuel on board, the passengers’ combined weight, the temperature of the air and when the pilot finds a suitable landing area. The balloon will fly at an altitude range anywhere from tree tops up to 2500 feet (760 meters) which allows guests’ unique panoramic views and great photographic opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.This amazing adventure includes breakfast refreshments before and after and a balloon certificate. Return from this unique adventure for breakfast before embarking on the trip to Mountain Rwenzori Park.On the road to Kasese just after queen Elizabeth national park, you will have a stopover at the amazing equator that divides the world into two halves, you take pictures for memories.The transfer distance is about 72 kilometers about 2-3hours on rough road will see you arrive in Mountain Rwenzori late afternoon for lunch and do simple afternoon nature walks before you retire at the lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 6: Hiking and nature walks in Rwenzori Mountains and transfer to Kibale national park.After cup of coffee, embark on an early morning hiking to Rwenzori Mountains. You will hike through Kilembe Trail. The trail will take you through the lovely Nyamwamba Valley passing through glacial lakes and some stunning viewpoints before joining the Central Circuit at Lake Kitandara. Along the way, you will keep an eye out for chameleons, squirrels, vervet monkeys and many birds .After having memorable hiking experience, retire back to the starting point and head to the park for late lunch. After lunch, embark on 135 kms distance transfer to Kibale forest Park. Arrive in Kibale national park late in the evening like at 8-9 pm and advance with the drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Early Morning Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk in the afternoon.Have an early morning breakfast and embark on the Chimpanzee trekking encounter in the primate Capital of the world – the Kibale National Park. The Park boasts of 13 primate species including the common Chimpanzees which have been fully habituated making your chances of encountering them to be at 90%. These apes are the most intellectual in the animal kingdom, perhaps brighter human beings. Chimpanzee trekking encounter starts at Kanyanchu tourism center at 8am in the morning and the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers are dedicated to take you throughout the whole exercise. The Chimpanzees will lure you in a state of amazement as they swing through the branches, make pant hooting calls, play with each other, and imitate your body language along with other features that will make your one full hour with them a memorable experience of its own.In a bid to search for chimps, you will come across other primates including olive baboon, red-tailed monkey, black and white Colobus monkey and the blue monkey. Retreat from the activity which tends to take 2 – 5 hours to your lodge for lunch, relaxation .Afterwards, embark on the transfer to Bigodi wetland. The Bigodi wetland, lies in close distance to the park thus connecting there is less hectic. The Bigodi wetland walk exposes you to typical eco –tourism encounter in Uganda. The impressive flora and fauna existing along with the local community is indeed rewarding to encounter. The sights of great blue turaco and the Sitatunga may not be missed. Retreat from the activity back to lodge for relaxation dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Transfer to Semuliki national park and visit the interesting hot springs at Sempaya .After breakfast, embark on the journey to Semuliki National Park driving through Fort Portal town, Uganda’s arguably tourism city and eventually continue to Semuliki. Upon arrival, you will begin with the Sempaya Nature Walk exploring both male and female hot springs at Sempaya. This walk rarely exceeds 4 hours and after lunch you will do a stunning game drive to explore semuliki’s most elusive Mammal species which include leopards, hippos, elephant, forest buffalo, hippopotamus, civets, potto, bush babies, Mona monkeys, water chevrotains, and nine species of Duikers, including the Bay Duiker and the Pygmy Flying Squirrel that occur nowhere else in East Africa.The forest is also remarkably rich in primates including the chimpanzee, baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey, black-and-white colobus, Central African red colobus, blue, red-tailed, de Brazza’s, vervet, and Dent’s Mona monkeys. Nocturnal primates include the potto and bush baby. Hippos and crocodiles are common along the Semliki River. You return from this activity for relaxation at the lodge, dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Transfer to Murchison Falls national park, the whole day journey.You will embark on this journey to explore the most powerful falls in the world, passing through the countryside of the amazing western Uganda landscapes and have a lunch stopover in Hoima before proceeding to the park for relaxation and overnight.
Day 10: Game drive and fantastic boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.Early in the morning, you will take a cup of coffee and then go for a game drive where you will encounter Giraffes, Lions, Elephants, baboons, and a number of different antelopes.In the after lunch go for a launch cruise on the Victoria Nile upstream to the base of the Murchison falls. You cannot miss to see among others; Hippos, crocodiles, Water bucks, and a wide variety of bird species. Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 11: Transfer to Kampala city and visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary en route.After an early morning warm cup of coffee at your lodge, you embark on the trip to Kampala, the capital of Uganda and visit the Ziwa rhino sanctuary en route, in Nakasongala district and have lunch. This experience offers a rewarding memory for any visitor as you are able to view some of the remaining white rhinos. This activity takes a maximum of 2 hours before you embark on a trip to Kampala for relaxation.
Day 12: Visit the source of River Nile and do white water rafting.After an early breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala city, you travel to Jinja towards the eastern region to view the source of the legendary Nile River which is arguably the longest river in the world.You will proceed and do a mild white water rafting along the Nile.Later retire from this activity in the evening and travel back to Kampala for resting and an overnight to mark the end of your safari.End of Safari with Village gorilla safaris Uganda Accommodation options:Luxury: ...................Midrange : ..............Budget: ...............
PRICE ( $3050) pp
What is included in this safari:-Chimpanzee permit-Rhino permit-Gorilla permit-4 WD Vehicle – with a pop – up roof for game viewing-A professional English speaking Driver guide-Entrance fees to all parks and protected areas-Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle-All ground transportation and fuel-Accommodation and Meals-All activities / service as per itinerary-Drinking water in the vehicle-Cooler box
Excluded are: Visas-International air fares
Activities / services not included in the itinerary - Hot air balloon ride-Medication -Alcoholic drinks / wines -Laundry and any service of personal nature