MOUNTAIN GORILLA ENCOUNTER
RATE - $2800 / Person
4 Days / 3 Nights
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the South-western part of Uganda on the edge of the Albertine rift valley. The National park is covered in a magnificent rainforest with over 400 plant species and 350 bird species, and is famous for being home to almost half of the worlds endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Kent Safaris Tours presents to you a 3 days safari package to the land of Gorillas. With the recent introduction of domestic flights in Uganda, accessibility to Bwindi National Park is made easier (it is now just a 2 hours flight). You can choose to depart with a morning flight or depart with one in the afternoon.
NOTE: Round trip ticket prices are determined upon receiving your confirmed flight booking, contact our sales representative for ticket updates.
#Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe – (Ngamba Chimpanzee Island)
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be met by a Kent Safari representative who will transfer you to the hotel for a trip briefing. If time permits, you will take a boat trip to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, home to over 40 orphaned Chimpanzees, a worthy cause supporting the endangered wild chimpanzees throughout Uganda. You can also visit the wildlife education center in Entebbe and Entebbe Botanical gardens. If time permits, you can also have a tour around Entebbe town, a very historical town in Uganda and the Buganda monarch.
Overnight Stay: Serena Hotel Kigo, Boma Lodge or Standard
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
#Day 2: Departure to Bwindi impenetrable National Park
Our guide or driver will pick you up from the hotel to catch up with the scheduled flight to Bwindi. You can choose to go with a morning or afternoon flight. This 1hour and 58minutes Flight to Bwindi will accord you a memorable aerial view of the country’s charming landscape. On your arrival to either Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip, you will be welcomed to the lushest highland rainforest on earth, filled with primates and exotic birds, valleys, hilltops and papyrus swamps. From the airstrip you will then be transferred with our vehicle to the lodge.
Overnight: Ishasha Wildness Camp or Standard
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
#Day 3: Bwindi Gorilla Trekking
Begin the day with breakfast as you get ready for Gorilla trekking starting at 8am with a briefing from a wildlife official. Ensure to carry a rain jacket, drinking water, a snack, jungle boots and your cameras. The guides will lead you in groups inside the jungle to see the shy primates. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gears to track the rare mountain Gorillas. Perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth, the tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it is well worth the effort. The afternoon is spent on a village walk, with the Buhoma Village walk purposively selected to give you a great opportunity to experience the ways of life of the people surrounding the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It is also a great way to offer direct support to the local Batwa / Pygmies community. This most informative and rewarding walk begins with your guide at Buhoma Community Rest Camp and is an amazing opportunity to see how resourceful the local people are.
Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
#Day 4: Bwindi to Entebbe Airport
You have 2 flight options returning from Bwindi National Park. You may catch the morning or the afternoon flight to Entebbe, whatever time is convenient for you. Our guide will be in handy to transfer you to the airport to catch your return flight from Entebbe.
Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch
NOTE: Trip ends and a special room for guests will be available to refresh before departure.
- 4WD Safari Designed Vehicle
- Airport Transfers
- English speaking guide /driver
- Meals as per itinerary
- Bottled water
- Park fees
- Gorilla permits
- Community visit
- Emergency Evacuation AMREF
- Public Liability Insurance
- International flights
- Accommodation in Kampala (day prior to Safari departure and return from Safari)
- Travel insurance
- Alcohol and Cigarettes
- Visa fees
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and National Park is located in a series of verdant rolling hills with incredibly thick forests. When it comes to tracking the mountain gorillas, it often involves steep up and down hill climbs and sometimes uneven and wet terrain. We therefore advise our visitors to wear hiking boots, rain coats and carry walking sticks for balancing your feet as we embark on the journey. The altitude in the forest is varied, with the highest point being 2607m above sea level. With this in mind, you might find hiking through that rather steep terrain a bit challenging. Your tour guides and Game rangers will be in handy to take you through the safety measures and important key notes to consider, before departure for planned activities, and also prior to getting close to the mountain gorillas.
As a visitor, your time with the gorillas is restricted to one or two hours only by the Wildlife Authority. This is to safeguard the gorillas and avoid excessive contact with human beings. You will have some photo opportunities during the trek, so make sure your camera batteries are fully charged. Once the authorized time winds up, with your tour guides, you will retreat from the forest to your respective vehicles waiting to transport you to the hotel or to your next scheduled activity. Gorilla Trekking is an unforgettable experience especially when you have close ups with these gentle and incredible animals, an intense and life time encounter.
Kent Safari Team is committed to executing the tour activities as detailed in the itinerary provided. We only request our clients to be understanding, remain calm and flexible on a few isolated occasions where local events may inconvenience the activities on the itinerary. Our clients should also note that the first day of the trip is simply for the drive or flight to the destination as shown on the itinerary and has a few activities planned. We advise that you be conversant with our Kent Safari representative who will take you through the Pre-departure briefings.
NOTE: Entebbe international airport is your gateway to and from Uganda. To avoid inconveniences that are occasioned by rushing at the time of departure, we advise that you book international flights departing from Entebbe after 8pm.
We will need you to furnish us with the following information:
- Flight number
- Arrival and departure date
- Flight times
A deposit of 10% is required to confirm the tour. The remaining balance will be due and charged 45 days before departure. Prices however may be subjected to changes until a full payment is received.
#VISA AND CONSULAR ADVISE:
Each individual traveler is responsible for obtaining the required visa, as visa requirements vary per country. For visa information, we advise our clients to consult the US State Department and local Embassies for non-US citizens.
1. A visa can be obtained at Entebbe international airport on arrival at a fee $50 per person.
2. Visas for all other East African Countries can be obtained, on arrival, at the international airport or at boarder points.
#CASH AT HAND:
It is crucial to note that in many countries, some local Forex bureaus place much emphasis on quality of the dollar and other foreign currency notes frequently used by most visitors. It is our humble view therefore that you carry new and undamaged bills / notes especially in the domination's of $50 and $100 bills. Major credit cards like Visa and Master card are acceptable in towns and American Express or Discover are not Commonly used
#YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION:
Please remember to get your yellow fever vaccination as it is a crucial requirement especially if you are travelling to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Please be sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/travel. Or check with a physician for more information.
#ITINERARY, TRAVEL INSURANCE AND PASSPORT COPIES:
Leave a copy of your itinerary, travel insurance, smart waiver and passport to a family member, for reference purposes, in case of an emergency. Travel insurance is also compulsory on all trips.
#WHAT TO CARRY:
- Rain Jacket /coat
- Shoes with good traction
- Travel plug adapter with USB port
- Antibacterial hand cleaning gel
- Good camera with fully charged battery and good memory card storage
- First aid kit
- Small back park
- Sun block hat
- Sun glasses
- Hiking boots
- Mosquito repellent
Amendments made on the booking 25 days before departure attracts a surcharge of $25 per amendment. Less than 25 days no amendments or fees will be applied. A changed reservation will be confirmed within 24 hours.
- Changing booking
- Changing departure date
- Changing guest name
- Removing /Replacing a guest
- Changing pick up time or location
Some of our tours have strict age limit. Children 13 years and below are not allowed to visit the gorillas or participate in certain activities like canoeing and, for adults above 65 years of age, a medical report may be required.
#GENERAL SAFETY TIPS:
We prioritize safety of our tours, however travels are susceptible to risks. So, it is important to be prepared and approach all arrangements with utmost caution. It’s advisable to do some research about your destination to equip yourself with some tips to ensure safety. Register your trip and also avail a copy of your emergency contact details to your government travel advisory service (or diplomatic mission) in a country that you are visiting so that they can contact you in case of emergency. This process can be done online and it is also advisable to get contacts of the American Embassy in Uganda, your final destination. Depending on the itinerary you have booked, some activities may carry greater risks or personal injury, we therefore advise that you take great care and strictly adhere to the established pre-cautions before participating. These activities include white water rafting, canoe and boat rides, Gorilla trekking and Chimpanzee tracking, mountaineering, bungee jumping, culture walk or community visit and game drive. For safety, the following must also be accorded due consideration;
- Avoid expensive jewelry.
- Avoid all demonstrations and protests given their potential to turn violent.
- Monitor the media for information about any possible security risks and pay close attention to your personal security.
- Carry a copy of your passport and avoid hanging alone without the advice of the tour guide.
#TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices for a twin/double shared room are per person, and, rates for single or triple travelers are available on request.
This tour requires that a traveler should have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We therefore recommend “Travel Guard” or Allianz travel Insurance” for all your insurance necessities.
We understand and respect the value and importance of your privacy. Be assured therefore that protection of privacy is given the highest priority. All personal information that you avail to us is strictly used for purposes of Safari tour booking. We will endeavor to take all reasonable steps to keep secure any personal information which we hold about the guest. However, cognizant of the rampant cases of hacking into data on the internet, it becomes a bit tricky to guarantee 100% security to data shared through online sources. We therefore will not be held culpable if the breach or hacking into your personal information is by international unauthorized individuals.
It is with regret that our office cannot compensate where an impediment to proper performance of duty is as a result of an event above and beyond our own making, control and anticipation nor is it due to the supplier of the service in question. Such events may include unexpected government quarantines, travel bans, riots, civil strife, natural disaster, terrorist acts, border closure, fire, road closures, industrial disputes, extreme weather conditions and other incidents beyond our control.
NOTE: In some unfortunate circumstances, getting a park or Gorilla permit may not be guarantee to seeing wildlife in their habitats as unfavorable local conditions may sometimes hinder access to the wildlife. This can happen without prior notice or it can be at short notice. We therefore accept no liabilities in circumstances where Gorilla or wildlife viewing is due to cancellation by the authorities. Where the loss is due to the absence of Gorillas, closure of boarders, national park or security changes, refunding is at the discretion of the responsible offices. However, Kent Tour Safaris shall use all means necessary to obtain the monies / refunds and pass it on to the client.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND:
Customers will receive a full refund, less the cost of the non- refundable gorilla permit ($600), with 45 days’ notice of cancellation. Customers will receive a full refund in case of operator’s cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, as indicated below;
- 10% deposit - No refund
- 30 – 44 days - 55% refund
- Less than 30 days - No refund
Please note that cancellation fees are calculated based on the date we receive your cancellation request.
Also note: Sale of Gorilla permits is a preserve of the government (Uganda wildlife Authority), hence, fees for these permits is non – refundable.
Thank you, have an ultimate fascinating experience.
KENT SAFARI TOURS INC.
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