Grassrootz - 8 days Primates and Wildlidfe

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Day 1

    

Entebbe

Day notes

Upon arrival at Entebbe airport you will be met by the guesthouse driver. 

Guided Transfer from Entebbe International Airport [EBB] to The Guinea Fowl

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Mode

Guided Transfer

Pick up

Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Drop off

The Guinea Fowl

Check-in to The Guinea Fowl

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all transport/accommodation

Excluded:

drinks/personal expenditures

Day 2

    

Kibale Forest National Park

Day notes

After breakfast you will set off for Kibale Forest National Park. The journey from Kampala to Kibale takes approx. 4 hours. The trip is long, but also very nice with a beautiful changing landscape and amazing views of the hills and mountains.

 

On arrival you will enjoy lunch and then start the Bigodi wetland hike. During this walk you will see many different birds species and several monkeys.

Optional activities

Day 2: Mabamba swaamp

Check-out from The Guinea Fowl

Guided Transfer from The Guinea Fowl to Isunga Lodge

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Mode

Guided Transfer

Pick up

The Guinea Fowl

Drop off

Isunga Lodge

Check-in to Isunga Lodge

Afternoon
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all activities/transport/accommodation

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drinks/personal expenditures

Day 3

    

Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day notes

Time to search for the Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park. First, you visit the Rangers post in the park for a brief talk, then the walk starts in the rainforest. The walk can be heavy at times, so wear good shoes and bring a poncho. Try to keep quiet as you’ll have a better chance of meeting the chimps. The Rangers are experienced in tracking so the chances very high. After the Chimpanzee Trekking we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park to stay at the Lodge.

 

Optional activities

On day 3 : Chimpanzee habituation : $50 usd per person extra

Morning
Optional

Check-out from Isunga Lodge

Guided Transfer from Isunga Lodge to The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Details  
Mode

Guided Transfer

Pick up

Isunga Lodge

Drop off

The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Check-in to The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Included:

all activities/transport/accommodation

Excluded:

drinks/personal expenditures

Day 4

    

Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day notes

The day starts with Lion Tracking. You go with a member of the Research Team to track to a group of lions using radio tracking making it possibe to get up close. You’ll learn about the lions role in the eco-system and the challenges the lions and local population face in living together.  After the tracking at 2pm you take a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel. Around 5pm you arrive back at the lodge.

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all activities/transport/accommodation

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drinks/personal expenditures

Day 5

    

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day notes

Today you explore the Southern Part of Queen Elizabeth, Ishasha to Bwindi. I then Ishasha area you do a short Game Drive to search for the famous Arboreal Lions. Then at the end of the afternoon go to the Gorilla Valley Lodge on the edge of the National Park.

 

Morning
Planned

Check-out from The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Guided Transfer from The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park) to Gorilla Valley Lodge

Details  
Mode

Guided Transfer

Pick up

The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Drop off

Gorilla Valley Lodge

Check-in to Gorilla Valley Lodge

Included:

all activities/transport/accommodation

Excluded:

drinks/personal expenditures

Day 6

    

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day notes

Today is a day of Gorilla trekking. After breakfast you have a briefing at the Rangers post. After the briefing Starts The Search To The mountain gorillas. Depending on the location of the family group the trek can take several hours. The landscape is mountainous so take good walking shoes, but the trek is beautiful. After this exciting day and unique experience there’s time to relax at the Lodge, explore the camp and take photos

In case you are back early from the tracking you can opt for a visit to one of the Batwa communities

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Expert tips:

When you are with the gorillas:

  1. A 7 meter (21 feet) distance should tried to be observed at all times from the gorillas. The further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.
  2. You must stay in tight group whey you are near the gorillas.
  3. Keep your voices down at all times. However, it is okay to ask the guide questions.
  4. Do not smoke, drink or eat when you are near the gorillas. Eating or drinking inevitably will increase the risk of food/drink morsels/droplets falling, which could increase the risk of transmission of diseases.
  5. Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guides example (crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes and wait for the animals to pass). Do not attempt to run away because that will increase the risk.
  6. Flash photography is not permitted! When taking pictures move slowly and carefully.
  7. Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals.
  8. The maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is one hour. However, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early.
  9. After the visit keep your voices down until you are 200 meters away from the gorillas.

General health rules:

Remember that mountain gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. The following rules are ways to minimize the risk your visit might poses to them:

  1. Respect the limits imposed on the number of visitors allowed with the gorillas each day. This minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.
  2. If you are feeling ill, or you are carrying a contagious disease, volunteer to stay behind. An alternate visit will be arranged for you, or you will be refunded your money.
  3. If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or viruses.
  4. Always stay 7 meters (21 feet) away from the gorillas. This is to protect them from catching human diseases.
  5. Do not leave any rubbish (eg. food wrappers) in the park; foreign items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
  6. If you need to go to the toilet while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole with his panga. Make sure the hole is 30 cm deep and fill it in when you are finished.

What to bring on your Gorilla Safari:

  1. Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes.
  2. Carry a packed lunch and enough drinking water.
  3. Carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable) and insect repellent.

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Inclusive: all activities/transport/accommodation

Excluded:

Exclusive: drinks/personal expenditures

Day 7

    

Lake Mburo National Park

Day notes

Today you go to Lake Mburo National park, the park is famous for its large herds of zebras and recently groups of Giraffes can be seen. At the end of the day you check in at Rwakobo Rock.

 

Optional activities

Day 7: boatride on Lake Mburo : $30 usd per person

Day 7: night game drive : $100 usd extra

Check-out from Gorilla Valley Lodge

Guided Transfer from Gorilla Valley Lodge to Rwakobo Rock

Details  
Mode

Guided Transfer

Pick up

Gorilla Valley Lodge

Drop off

Rwakobo Rock

Check-in to Rwakobo Rock

Afternoon
Planned

Included:

all activities/transport/accommodation

Excluded:

drinks/personal expenditures

Day 8

    

End of Itinerary

Day notes

After a walking safari you drive back today to Entebbe, where the journey through Uganda started.

Depending on your outbound flight you will have some time to spend in Entebbe

Morning
Planned

Check-out from Rwakobo Rock

Guided Transfer from Rwakobo Rock to Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Details  
Mode

Guided Transfer

Pick up

Rwakobo Rock

Drop off

Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Included:

all activities/transport

Excluded:

drinks/personal expenditures

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