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GORILLA’S & BIG GAME

£300.00£2,999.00

Tour Dates: 9 Days | 2017 now fully booked | 2018 Dates TBC
Location:
 Uganda, Africa
Leaders: Peter Hogel & Scott Latham
Group Size : 6 Max

For more information & full itinerary scroll down the page.

Description

Gorilla trekking holiday and photography safari in Africa

Coming face to face with a critically endangered wild Mountain Gorilla, on our Gorilla Trekking Holiday is a once in a lifetime experience. This tour is hosted by Wild Exposures and led by gorilla expert and conservationist Peter Hogel & Scott Latham.

Join us on an memorable trip photographing, and watching Mountain Gorillas trekking into the Ugandan rainforests to take your first jaw-dropping views of the alpha silverback or latest juvenile. Stare in amazement as we have the opportunity to observe Africa’s finest in the national parks of Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Lake Mburo.

Cost Includes: Hotel fees, gorilla permits, boat cruise, entry fees, food and accommodation, transportation, guide costs, plus entrance to reserves and national parks.
Cost Excludes: Flights, sundry items, drinks, tips and travel insurance.

Tour Highlights


Day 1: Arrive Entebbe, pick up and transfer to accommodation.
Day 2: Early morning, driving to Queen Elizabeth NP, evening game drive.
Day 3:
Full day in QE, Lion tracking with Dr. Siefvert, afternoon boat cruise and an evening bush meal.
Day 4:
Morning Game drive in QE then transfer to Bwindi.
Day 5:
Gorilla tracking in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest.
Day 6: 
Transfer from Bwindi to Lake Mburo NP with an Evening game drive.
Day 7: 
Full day in Lake Mburo NP.
Day 8:
Morning game drive then transfer to Kampala.
Day 9:
Transfer to Entebbe airport.

Additional Information

Mountain Gorilla’s

Your gorilla permit will contribute back into gorilla conservation so you will be directly helping protect these stunning animals in the wild.

The Bwindi national park is inhabited by a population of about 340 individual mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), known as the Bwindi population, which makes up almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world. The rest of the worldwide mountain gorilla population is in the nearby Virunga Mountains.

Mountain gorillas are a critcally endangered species, with an estimated total population of about 650 individuals. There are no mountain gorillas in captivity.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

Boat Cruise

The afternoon cruise on the Kazinga channel that connects Lakes Edward and George will reward you with Hippos, buffaloes, and plenty of water birds like the African Kingfisher, pink and white pelicans, African fish Eagle and many more.

Lake Mburo National Park

The park’s varied habitats support 68 mammal species. Rarities include impala, which, in Uganda, only lives in Lake Mburo, and Burchell’s zebra and eland which are found only here and in Kidepo.
Other species include warthog, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and reedbuck. Lion, Leopard and hyena are also present while crocodile and over 300 hippos are found in the lake.

Around 350 bird species including the Red-faced Barbet, only seen in Lake Mburo, the endemic African Finfoot and the rare Shoebill. Other key species are the Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Saddle-billed Stork, Brown-chested Lapwing, African-wattled Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, Tabora (Long-tailed) Cisticola, African Scops Owl, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and White-winged Warbler.

Dr. Ludwig Siefert

Dr. Ludwig Siefert is a wildlife veterinarian and Team Leader of the Uganda Carnivore Program. He was a founding member of the Uganda Large Predator Project and has been working in QENP since the 1990s.

Dr. Siefert is originally from Germany, where he received his undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine. He returned to Uganda in 1990 and began teaching epidemiology, preventive medicine and public health at Makerere University, where he was a founding member of its Wildlife & Animal Resources Management Department.

In addition to his wildlife vet responsibilities, Dr. Siefert is also spear-heading conservation education and community-based conservation activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation

We choose accommodation that directly contributes back into communities and conservation so you will be directly helping protect these stunning animals in the wild and the local children by building of water wells and schools.