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Troop to the Gorillas 2017-18 (6 Days, Troop To the Gorillas)

What could be better than observing gorillas kicking back in their natural habitat? Nothing, that's what. According to research, gorillas are the closest relatives of humans on the planet so there's no surprise us homosapiens are so intrigued by these majestic creatures. Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime experience in the region that hosts the last remaining mountain gorillas, and be one of the lucky few who get to see these rare beauties in their lush surrounds.

Inclusions

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Not Eligible for Early Payment
Chimpanzee trekking
Mountain gorilla trekking
5 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
5 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $1,142
Start Location
Kampala, Uganda
End Location
Kampala, Uganda
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
12 Dec 201717 Dec 20172AUD $1,145
19 Dec 201724 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,145 
09 Jan 201814 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,145 
06 Mar 201811 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,145 
03 Apr 201808 Apr 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,145 
10 Apr 201815 Apr 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,145 
08 May 201813 May 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,145 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Welcome to your African adventure! From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, once more over the Equator and through fertile, green-terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations and tangled forests. Keep your eyes peeled for the herds of Ankole cattle, with their incredible long, curved horns, roaming the roads and paddocks. Setting up camp just a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park, you'll have the chance to kick back and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the community, local style. Included today: -Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking on either day 1 or day 2 Meals: -Lunch -Dinner
Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa, as well as Lakes Edwards and George. Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals, making it one of the most bio-diverse national parks in the world. Nearby, we visit the Kyambura Gorge for an exciting trek to see the chimpanzees. On departing the National Park, we make our way to the stunning Lake Bunyonyi - the perfect place to unwind, relax and explore (on the days that we don't trek to see the mountain gorillas, of course). Included today: -Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking on either day 1 or day 2 Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi
Over the next three days, you and your adventure buddies will be split into two groups. On the first day, one group will trek to witness the amazing mountain gorillas up close, while the others have a free day of chilling out on the lake. Then the next day, the groups swap. On the day of our trek, we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. The area that we explore is home to the world's remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (please note that occasionally we may need to travel into neighbouring Rwanda to see the gorillas). The trek into the thick rainforest can be demanding at times, with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest, but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort more than well worthwhile. Please note: Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits, the tour itinerary may vary from the brochure itinerary. From time to time, we may have to trek on different days. If at any time our gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, i.e Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees, although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi
If you're not on today's trek, take advantage of your free time by the lake with an abundance of boredom-killer activities. Hire cans and swing by some of the islands, wander the local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, and channel your inner explorer with a nature walk. Alternatively, kick your feet up at camp and catch up on the diary or postcards back home. Included today: -Gorilla trekking on either day 4 or day 5 Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Island boat trips -Village walk -Traditional dancing -Bird watching -Can hire
Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi
For those with a free day, spend your time swanning around the campsite, can the lake's peaceful waters or discover why the stunning area is known as the 'place of many birds' with a spot of bird watching. Today's on your watch, so spend it as you see fit. Included today: -Gorilla trekking on either day 4 or day 5 Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Island boat trips -Village walk -Traditional dance -Bird watching -Can hire
Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala
Leaving Lake Bunyonyi, we make our way back across the Equator, through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Africa's largest lake, Lake Victoria, to Kampala. A hotspot for great food and entertainment, Kampala is the perfect place to bid farewell to the week that was. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch