7 Day Mountain Gorilla Encounter



The mountain gorilla encounter is the main focus of this overland tour. However there is also chimp trekking, boat cruising, pygmy visits, orphanage visits and so much more available.

Meet up with your tour in Kampala before travelling to Lake Bunyonyi with its dramatic island scattered views. Here we prepare for our trek to the nearly extinct mountain gorilla families of Uganda. Get your boots on and go in search of these magnificent creatures as they continue their day to day existence in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, your local guides will show you where to find them.

We finish off our tour with a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will do a game drive and you can also take some time to trek for wild chimpanzees at Lake George.

Mountain Gorilla Encounter - overland camping tour
Mountain Gorilla Encounter - overland camping tour
Mountain Gorilla Encounter - overland camping tour

Tour Info

Starts:
Kampala, Uganda
Ends:
Kampala, Uganda
Duration:
7 days
Group size:
Maximum 18 passengers
Transport:
Adventure truck / Safari vehicle
Incl. Meals:
Breakfast x 5, Lunch x 6, Dinner x 5

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:
Kampala, Masindi, Murchison Falls National Park
Day 2:
Masindi, Budongo Central Forest Reserve
Day 3:
Kampala
Days 4 to 6:
Gorilla Trekking (Lake Bunyonyi)
Day 7:
Kampala (trip ends on arrival)

Itinerary

Please Note: This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.

Day 1: Kampala, Masindi, Murchison Falls National Park

After meeting your guides in Kampala you are off to to the Murchison Falls National Park. The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and are located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.

Optional Activity: Boat Cruise including Park Fees

Day 2: Masindi, Budongo Central Forest Reserve

Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 to 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. We will also enjoy a game drive through the park in search of the great diversity of wild animals.

Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility.

Included Activity: Game Drive at Murchison Falls National Park

Activity Package: Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls

Day 3: Kampala

This morning is set aside to participate in any activities, should we not have been able to participate in them in the previous days. It's then onto Kampala where you will have the afternoon free to take in the atmosphere of this bustling city.

Optional Activity: Dinner out in Kampala

Day 4: Mountain Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the Mountain Gorillas.

Optional Activity: Canoeing Rental

Day 5: Mountain Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Visiting the Mountain Gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. As permits granting permission to visit the Mountain gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits.

Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day at Lake Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

Day 6: Mountain Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Although there are 2 days allocated to Mountain Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Today we will enjoy a visit to the Nyombi Village, a Pygmy village which is reached by motor boat from Bunyonyi Resort. We will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Pygmies and how they live.

Activity Package: Pygmy Village Visit

Day 7: Kampala

Today we say farewell to the Mountain Gorillas and make the long journey back to Uganda's capital, Kampala.

Your tour will come to an end upon arrival in Kampala. We suggest you book post tour accommodation as your arrival in Kampala will be in the early evening.

Optional Activity: Dinner out in Kampala

Included / Excluded

What's Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the overland truck)
  • Accommodation
  • Guides & transport
  • Highlights as indicated on the itinerary

What's Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water & snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activity package & optional activities (see itinerary for more details)
Dates
START: Kampala END: Kampala
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Camping Option
Discounted Tour Price
ZAR 8 530
( normal price ZAR 8 750 )
Accommodated Option
DISCOUNTED TOUR PRICE
ZAR 11 450
( normal price ZAR 11 750 )
Activity Package *
ZAR 1 750

* The Activity Package is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on selected tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below.

  • Chimpanzee Trekking (ZAR 1 350)
  • Pygmy Village Visit (ZAR 400)