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Gorillas, Chimps & Nile River (Accommodated) - 9 days map

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Take in the best of Uganda, including a memorable trek to see mountain gorillas on this 9-day accommodated safari. starting from Ugandan capital of Kampala, trek to see chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth National Park and relax beside Lake Bunyonyi. Unwind beside the Nile in Jinja and hike into the steamy jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to see rare mountain gorillas.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Go trekking in search of chimpanzees, which are usually spotted in the treetops
Lake Bunyonyi - When not trekking to see gorillas, relax beside this idyllic lake, surrounded by greenery and rolling hills
Bwindi National Park - Embark on a memorable trek to see endangered mountain gorillas in the steamy jungles of Uganda
Jinja - Spend two days beside the Nile in the adventure capital of East Africa, with the opportunity to help at a local school initiative and enjoy a range of optional activities

Included

8 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 8 dinners
Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
Bwindi National Park gorilla trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)
8 nights simple twin share accommodation (please refer to the trip notes for details)
Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment
Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)

Not Included

Non refundable Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit: USD $935pp (or equivalent in your currency) - pay at time of booking in addition to the deposit
International flights and visas
Optional activities
Airport transfers
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park. Departing early from Kampala, we cross the Equator again and pass through fertile green hills, tangled forests and rugged mountain ranges to the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Originally Named Kazinga National Park on its inception in 1952, the reserve was renamed in 1954 after a visit by the newly crowned British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Our first evening here is free for you to take a walk in the lush surroundings, who knows what wildlife you may spot! The reserve is home to elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, chimpanzee and much more. Encouragingly, reports from the Uganda Wildlife Authority suggest that wildlife populations in the reserve are increasing, thanks to effective protection. This is largely down to your tourism money!

Please note: The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure. The tour departs at 08:00 on Day 1 so please arrive in Kampala the day before your tour. Refer to the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for more information.
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Chimpanzee trekking

Today we are heading into Queen Elizabeth National Park, admiring the mountain views and stopping whenever we see something of interest. As well as the charismatic larger animals, the reserve is home to more than 500 bird species. Reaching Kyambura Gorge we head out on foot in search of chimpanzees. The rangers will have a good idea of where they are and the trek can vary in length from less than an hour to several. Chimps tend to stay in the treetops so you may have to crane your neck for a view of our closest relatives.

Please note: Chimpanzee Trek permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of day 1, morning or afternoon of day 2, or morning of day 3.
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-5

Mountain gorilla trekking

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi. On day 3 we drive to Lake Bunyonyi, dotted with scenic islands and surrounded by lush forest and rolling hills. Over the next three days everyone in the group will enjoy their mountain gorilla trek, but we will split into smaller groups in order to avoid disturbing the gorillas. On the days when you are not trekking, you are free to take a boat trip to some of Lake Bunyonyi's islands, go bird-watching, visit a local village or hire canoes to paddle on the lake.

On the day of your trek, we will hike for anywhere between 30 minutes and 6 or 7 hours into Bwindi National Park (or occasionally Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, this will be made clear to you in advance), depending on the location of the gorillas. A decent level of fitness is required as we trek through the steamy jungle. Your guide will know the location of the nearest gorilla family.

Once we have located the gorillas, you will spend around an hour watching from a safe distance. Keep quiet, keep low to the ground and follow all the instructions of your guide - this is for your safety and for the welfare of the mountain gorillas. You are welcome to take photos, as long as there is no flash.

One of the world's most endangered creatures, mountain gorillas are heavily protected, with around 1,000 animals now living in the rainforests of central Africa. Numbers have increased remarkably due to effective protection in recent years - keep your eyes peeled for the giant silverback alpha male, and some of the adorable youngsters that represent the future of their species.

When it is time to leave the gorillas, we trek back to Lake Bunyonyi, where you can reflect on what is sure to be the highlight of your African adventure. The rest of your time here is at leisure, whilst the rest of our group completes their trek.
Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 6

Return to Kampala

Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala. Leaving the mountain gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi behind, we return to Kampala, skirting around the northern edge of Lake Victoria. There is time this evening for you to head into the city and explore, meet the locals or try some of the local cuisine if you wish.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Enter Jinja

Kampala - Jinja. It's a short drive today as we make our way to Jinja, a city in southern Uganda on the banks of Lake Victoria, source of the River Nile. From here, the river flows for 5,584km, through 11 countries. It enters the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, having provided life to millions and millions of people and animals on its journey!

Our campsite is beside the Nile, and there are numerous optional activities you can enjoy. Quad biking, white water rafting, Nile cruises, fishing trips and mountain biking are some of the options. You also have the opportunity to visit a local school initiative. Lend a hand with some painting, plastering or other labour to help improve the local schools around Jinja.
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Free time in Jinja

Today is completely free for you to unwind by the Nile. Enjoy some of the optional activities available, go for a long walk beside the river or simply relax at the campsite with a good book - the choice is yours!
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Kampala

Jinja - Kampala. Relax the morning on the bank of the Nile, go on to exploring the nearby community of Jinja. This afternoon, we make our way back to Kampala where our tour ends.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a tent/room. Solo travellers will be matched up and share a tent/room with another solo traveller of the same gender.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Simba Safari Camp (Lodge), Queen Elizabeth National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo on the edge of Uganda’s most popular Queen Elizabeth National Park this Safari Camp is the perfect base to explore this picturesque park. With views over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and of the Rwenzori Mountains these comfortable rooms feature panoramic views for their occupants. Meals and drinks are served in the restaurant and bar where guests can relax after a day of safari.

Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Cottage), Lake Bunyonyi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Placed on the picturesque shores of Lake Bunyonyi this resort and campsite is the perfect hub for guests to explore the lake and all it has to offer. Its location also makes it the perfect stop off for guests who are continuing to Bwindi National Park. The charming cottages and rooms with private bathrooms and complementary wifi offer panoramic views over the lake and its islands. Featuring a bar and restaurant you can enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset over the lake.

Red Chilli Hideaway (Banda), Kampala

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Located on a purpose-built, 5-acre site in a peaceful suburb, the Red Chilli Hideaway offers private ensuite rooms for upgrades. Settle down for the day at the Hideaway's saltwater pool, self-catering kitchen, or restaurant & bar. The camp supports sustainable tourism and operates the Steve Willis Memorial Fund, whose proceeds go to providing clean drinking water in the Murchison Falls region.

Nile River Explorers , Jinja

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Located on Lake Bujagali, where the Nile River comes out of Lake Victoria, this camp is only 8 kilometres from Jinja and is the perfect place to relax and explore the area. Rooms feature an en-suite, hot showers, and panoramic views of the Nile. There is both a river bar and a river spa for guests to enjoy. A jetty for swimming is also available so you can cool down during the hot days. Watch the sunset over the Nile with a drink and relax after a day exploring.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Kampala
Ends
Kampala
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple Accommodation
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 8, Dinner: 8
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
No - book directly with Red Chili Hideaway
Dep. Transfer
No - book directly with Red Chili Hideaway
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