Gorilla Encounter

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Gorilla Encounter

from £1,055
Duration: 14 days
Countries: Kenya, Uganda
This overland safari gives a glimpse of East Africa’s enormously diverse scenery; from Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to Uganda and a very special wildlife encounter with the mountain gorillas.
Summary

Gorilla Encounter

Day 1 - Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park

Leaving Nairobi early this morning we cross the vast Great Rift Valley, a cleft in the earth's surface stretching from the red sea to Madagascar. Stopping en route we take in the majestic views.

We kick off our game viewing this afternoon in an open 4x4 game drive vehicle with a local guide in the park and around the shallow soda lake that forms Lake Nakuru.

Day 2 - Lake Nakuru National Park to Eldoret

Crossing into the northern hemisphere this morning, we continue climbing in altitude to the pleasant town of Eldoret, Kenya's 5th largest. Our unique camp just outside of the town is unique in its location in the hills.

Day 3 - Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda

Onwards today we cross into Uganda, often referred to the Pearl of Africa. After completing the entry formalities our journey takes us around the northern shores of Lake Victoria and on into the hustle and bustle of Uganda's capital city, Kampala.

Day 4 - Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Leaving Kampala at first light we journey further west, crossing the equator again back into the southern hemisphere. Encountering some of the iconic Ugandan Longhorn cattle along the way while meandering through the lush rolling hills to our camp near the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 5 - Queen Elizabeth National Park, Chimpanzee Trek

Entering the park, we drive through to the Kyambura Gorge for our chimpanzee trek. On the drive through the park we may be lucky enough to see some of the many animals that are in this beautiful park.

The chimpanzees are generally found playing in the tree top canopy but we can be fortunate enough to find them coming down to the tracks, a truly awe inspiring experience.

Day 6 - Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi

Travelling through the mountainous south western corner of Uganda to the lush and stunning 'Place of Many Little Birds' - Lake Bunyonyi.

Lake Bunyonyi is our home for the next couple of days while all the group trek to visit the mountain gorillas.

The lake is a beautiful tranquil spot and there are many activities to enjoy from our camp.

Day 7-8 - Lake Bunyonyi, Gorilla Trek

We have two days at Lake Bunyonyi in order to enable all the group an opportunity to trek to the mountain gorillas.

The trek is strenuous but the reward of seeing the majestic mountain gorillas more than makes up for the effort. It may take a few hours trekking through the mountainous jungle to find them eating and playing.

While not trekking there are many activities available at the camp on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 9 - Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala

Another early start for the long drive back through to Kampala with another crossing of the equator where we will have the chance for another photo opportunity.

Day 10 - Kampala to Jinja

Travelling the short distance from Kampala down to the shores of Lake Victoria and the source of the Nile.

Our camp, in a lush setting on the grassy banks of the River Nile is an ideal base to enjoy this area.

Day 11-12 - Jinja

We have two fill days in Jinja and our team at the camp will be able to assist in organising a wide variety of activities in the area. Maybe take an extreme day white water rafting on the Nile or possibly explore the area on foot, bike or a quadbike.

We also have the opportunity to visit a local community school project.

Day 13 - Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya

Crossing back across into Kenya again our journey takes us on to Eldoret.

Day 14 - Eldoret to Nairobi

Crossing the equator for a final time our journey takes us back across the Great Rift Valley again and back to Nairobi where our safari must come to an end.


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Price details:

from £1,055

Adventure Pass - Mandatory

US$ 120

Includes

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation on tour
Sleeping mattress Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included highlights:
The Great Rift Valley
Lake Nakuru NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass

Meals
13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 12 Dinners

Accommodation
Camping in 2-person dome tents

Excludes

Visas
Travel insurance
Flights
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Tips
Drinks
Items of a personal nature

Gorilla Trekking Excursion

Gorilla and chimp trek permit 2017 - £ 540.00

Permit information
Each gorilla permit allows one trek. We stay in Bwindi or an alternative gorilla national park for the time necessary to allow everybody to trek once. The day to day itinerary may therefore vary if trekking goes over time. Optional activities can be arranged locally when not trekking.

Gorilla viewing
To ensure we obtain gorilla permits, we may trek outside Uganda in neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, where gorillas have also been habituated for viewing. Trekking here involves a minimal detour from the described route.

Gorilla trekking excursion
The Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) sets the gorilla and chimpanzee permit price and stipulates that permits must be booked and paid for in advance. We collect your gorilla and chimpanzee permit money at the time of booking, along with your normal deposit. The gorilla and chimpanzee permit price is quoted in US dollars but is paid in your local currency at a rate fixed by Acacia. Whilst the price is correct at time of going to press (December 2016), Acacia reserves the right to pass on any increase in fee if the UWA raises the price. Finally please note, the gorilla and chimpanzee permit fee is not refundable if you cancel your booking.

More About This Tour

Starting: Nairobi, Kenya
Finishing: Nairobi, Kenya
Tour duration: 14 days
Group size: Maximum 24, Average 16
Age range: 18 - 39  
Tour code: 17GEN14

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