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Gorillas in the Mist

6 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kampala  |  from USD $890  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Uganda uncovered - Take an incredible journey deep into the heart of the African jungle, in search of the mighty mountain gorillas - our closest living relatives, and relax by beautiful Lake Bunyoni.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Kampala

Wednesday. Welcome to Uganda, a small country of striking beauty. Its landscapes vary from the fertile green areas around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snow capped Ruwenzori Mountains in the west and the semi-desert region in the north. We’ll be there to collect you at Entebbe Airport and transfer you to our accommodation in Kampala. Tonight a pre departure meeting will be held at 17:00.
Overnight: Kampala

Days 2-5

Lake Bunyoni & Gorilla Trekking

Kampala - Lake Bunyoni. From Kampala we drive to Lake Bunyoni, the deepest Crater Lake in Africa and home to a large and varied number of beautiful birds, which is the base from which the optional Gorilla trek takes place. Dependant on where trekking permits are available, we trek in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or the Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda.

We depart from our base in Bunyoni in small groups over 3-4 days, depending on the group size. We wind our way through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa en-route to the National Park. Dependant on where permits are available, we may spend a night in either Kisoro or in Rwanda. The following morning, after packing our picnic lunch, we are transferred to a ranger’s station where the trek commences. Your rangers will lead you through the cultivated lands and then into the dense rain forest and on to a gorilla family. Trekking can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours and it can be quite strenuous. To ensure the gorillas do not get too used to the presence of humans and because they share many of our genes (and therefore able to catch our diseases), the maximum time permitted to spend with them is 1 hour. You will have plenty of time to watch their activity and to take photographs. The rangers will be able to provide you with a background to the family you are visiting. Once your hour is up, you trek back out of the rain forest to your meeting point where you will be transferred back to the Lake Bunyoni campsite.
Overnight: Lake Bunyoni  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 4

Day 6

Kampala

Lake Bunyoni - Kampala. After enjoying peaceful Lake Bunyoni, we begin our drive back to Kampala. We cross the Equator for the second time and stop for the classic “one foot in each hemisphere” photo opportunity. On arrival in Kampala, we bid farewell to new found friends and part ways.
Breakfast, Lunch

Prices & Dates

Prices shown above are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

Local payment - $220 USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
This trip has a local payment. It is this payment which covers entrance fees, camping fees and meals as detailed for this itinerary. The local payment is in addition to the prices specified and is to be paid directly to the tour leader on Day 1 of the trip. The payment should be made in cash, in the currency specified.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as potential changes to park entrance fees, the local payment amount may be subject to change. We will however inform you of any such changes as soon as we are aware of them.

Trip Highlights

Kampala
Lake Bunyoni
Gorilla Trekking - optional. Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla park in Uganda or Ruhengeri (Rwanda) or Parc National des Virunga (DRC)
Equator crossing

Included

4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
1st night dormitory accommodation at Red Chilli Hideaway (upgrades available), 4 nights camping.
Services of crew (leader, driver, cook)
All road taxes & tolls
Arrival transfer from Entebbe International Airport on day 1
Transport in fully equipped expedition truck
All camping fees & appropriate equipment

Not Included

Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda, Uganda and DRC, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National Park they have migrated to. For this reason the cost of the Gorilla Permit and relevant transfers varies, as do the applicable visa costs, dependent upon which country we need to travel into.
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities
International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit + Transfer US $720 - 815

Reviews

Morning Charlie, Just wanted to comment on the truly amazing trip I had. Everything was so well organised and everybody was committed to working together to make sure it was a memorable trek. I chose to have a porter who couldn't be faulted and I would definitely recommend this service. The time with the gorillas was beyond belief. They were so close and relaxed but one roar and you were reminded who was in charge. Thanks Charlie, another striking trip to savour over.

Hi Charlie,

I have just returned from my month working in Kampala and bring back great memories of my Gorillas in the Mist safari. 22nd. june 2011. The trip was amazing, fantastic travelling truck, leader, cook, driver and food. Brilliant camp site ( I upgraded to a cottage) and other trips, Rwanda, orphanage, village trek, canoe trip..... Stunning scenery. And just chilling out. The gorilla trek was awesome, we saw a family of 17 very close to, playing , eating and grooming . A once in a life time experience. Even though most of the group were over 30 years my junior they were a great crowd and we all got on very well. A great holiday

Hi Kelly

Just thought I would let you know that the Gorillas in the Mist tour was awesome. We travelled into the DRC to see the gorillas and were lucky to see a family of 20 – very active. The truck, guide, driver and cook were all really good. Campsite at Lake Bunyongi was excellent!

Thanks for your help – and will definitely recommend On the Go to other travellers

All crew were great , as was the group from day one. Doing the gorilla trek was excellent, as was the variety of the itinerary, the activities and the value for money. Couldn't fault it!

Hi Ryan

WOW! Just returned from Gorillas in the Mist and what an amazing tour. It exceeded all expectations. Seeing gorillas in their natural environment was stunning. What a memorable hour! So glad I got to see them and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Tour Details
Starts
Kampala
Ends
Kampala
Departs
Wednesdays - year round
Hotel Rating
Camping expedition
Local Payment
$220 USD
Tour Guide
Yes
Meals
Breakfast: 4, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 4

Morning Charlie, Just wanted to comment on the truly amazing trip I had. Everything was so well organised and everybody was committed to working together to make sure it was a memorable trek. I chose to have a porter who couldn't be faulted and I would definitely recommend this service. The time with the gorillas was beyond belief. They were so close and relaxed but one roar and you were reminded who was in charge. Thanks Charlie, another striking trip to savour over.

Helen Hayhoe
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.