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Uganda Mountain Gorilla Adventure

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Uganda Mountain Gorilla Adventure

See one of the world’s most endangered animals, the mountain gorilla, in its natural habitat, the ultimate adventure to conduct in the pristine Ugandan wilderness!

Prices from US$3,445

Travelling through Uganda, often referred to as the "pearl of Africa", offers a unique experience that is not to be missed! Famed for its equatorial mountain forests, island dotted lakes, colourful vibrant cities and dramatic wildlife encounters there is never a dull moment to be had. Vibrant and diverse cultural traditions, exemplified by the warmth and hospitality of the Ugandan people, can be found throughout the country.

Travel to this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture where you will be made incredibly welcome by the warm hearted locals. The people are positively inspiring and the landscape, national parks and sparkling lakes stunningly beautiful.

This project will allow you to explore the world renowned national parks of south western Uganda and brave the Bwindi Impenetrable forest to catch a glimpse of the powerful, compelling mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most beautiful and rare animals, in their natural habitat. You will also encounter other cheeky primates and some of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as you drive and trek through the safari reserves. Be awed by thundering waterfalls and reflect on your experience of the tranquillity of the country's beautiful lakes – you will certainly not be short of a story or two when you get home!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Encounter the mountain gorilla
  • Gain a lifetime of unmatchable memories
  • Visit the ‘pearl of Africa’ for a fun safari adventure

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • A minimum number of 4 participants are required to run the tour

FAST FACTS

Location Uganda
Activities Chimpanzee tracking
Gorilla tracking
Game reserve safari
Jungle hikes
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival
Accommodation Budget guesthouse and campsite
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Dedicated personal Travel Advisor
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 3 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The Frontier-Uganda mountain gorilla adventure will take you on an incredible journey as you travel by boat, bus and jeep through the rift valley. Crossing the equator, you will meet with villagers and learn about the local culture, take a safari game drive, set sail on Lake Bunyonyi at sunset and set out on foot into untouched rainforest through the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, tracking chimpanzees and the Eastern Bwindi mountain gorilla! Your adventure will take in the must see destinations and travel highlights that this incredible country has to offer.

Itinerary: 

Day 1-Arrival and Transfer to Kampala

You will be welcomed at Entebbe International Airport by a friendly, local representative who will help in your transfer to Kampala, the capital of Uganda. You will have the opportunity to exchange money and sample the local cuisine before checking into your hotel, the Kajjansi Air Strip Cottage, where you can rest and recuperate after the long journey. Depending on the time of your arrival, a city tour may also be arranged for you to view the sights and sounds of the intense hustle and bustle of Kampala.

Day 2 –Kampala to Kibale National Forest

Following a hearty breakfast you will be driven to Kibale National Forest, a journey which takes approximately 5 hours. The journey will be via Mubende, the commercial and administrative centre of the district, and will include several stop offs at local markets and agricultural plantations. There may also be the opportunity to visit the Nakayima Tree, which is locally believed to possess supernatural powers and grant blessings to those who visit.

Day 3-Chimp Tracking in Kibale National Forest

After an early breakfast you will go on an exciting hike through the jungle tracking chimpanzees in the Kibale National Park. Make sure you keep your eyes open to spot other indigenous jungle primates, including L’Hoest’s monkey and the red colobus and of course the many colourful and exotic bird species which also inhabit the forest. In the evening there is the opportunity to visit the picturesque Bigodi swamp where a spot of bird watching will help you appreciate the area’s tranquillity and serenity.

Day 4 –Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Fort Portal, an important market town of the local district. You will spend the day in Queen Elizabeth National Park and see the magnificent Ugandan game roaming the savannah. In the evening you will visit Lake Katwe, a salt lake which provides a vital source of income for the locals. This is also the perfect place to spot the lesser and greater species of flamingo.

Day 5-Queen Elizabeth Game Drive and Boat Cruise

You will be taken for a drive along the Kasenyi track, a road running through the Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will be able to view the impressive game Uganda has to offer from the comfort of your 4 x 4. Potential sightings of elephant, herds of buffalo and lion, as well as kob and waterbuck, being Ugandan species of antelope, will make your drive even more memorable. You will return to your accommodation for lunch and in the afternoon venture out on a unique boat cruise down the spectacular Kazinga channel. The channel is home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippos and the numerous crocodiles which can be seen basking in the sun makes this cruise a must do for any Ugandan safari. 

Day 6 -Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in the southwest of Uganda, and check in at your hotel for lunch. You will be given the option to spend the rest of the day resting in preparation for your challenging trek the following day or you could visit some of the local communities, such as the Batwa, and observe their daily life.

Day 7 - Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Before you begin your gorilla trekking adventure you will first be briefed on the correct procedures to follow, which will ensure the safety of this impressive, yet fragile species. Then you will begin your exhilarating and unforgettable experience through the hills of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park! The trek may be treacherous and challenging at times, sometimes taking from 3 to 8 hours to track down the gorilla families, so a minimum level of physical fitness is required for volunteers who wish to take part. But all this effort will be worth it when you catch a glimpse of the powerful and impressive mountain gorilla in their natural habitat. 

Day 8- Bwindi National Park to Lake Bunyonyi

Begin your journey back towards Kabale and stop off for the night at the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. Here, you will be able to relax after the previous day’s trek and spend your spare time exploring the lake and its islands. Spend time with the locals who will welcome you into their communities openly and hear the stories of Punishment and Upside-Down Islands.

Day 9-Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo

During your journey back to Mbarara enjoy the sights of the passing countryside from the 4 x 4. Stop off at the equator for a unique photo opportunity before heading onwards to Lake Mburo, located within the Lake Mburo National Park. Catch the evening boat across the lake where you may see crocodiles, buffaloes and hippos, as well as vibrantly coloured kingfishers, fish eagles, hammerkops and the historic looking bird, the shoebill.

Day 10-Lake Mburo to Kampala 

After a morning game drive return to Kampala where you will taste the local delicacies with a lunch stop right at the heart of this lively city. Visit the Ndere Cultural Centre and enjoy a vibrant cultural performance encompassing song, dance and music - a real taste of the ‘Pearl of Africa’ - before heading back to the Kajjansi Air Strip Cottages for the night.

Day 11 –Visit Sezziwa and Itanda Falls

On your way to Jinja, the second largest town in Uganda, you will stop off in the Mukono District and visit the spectacular Sezziwa Falls. The soothing waters surrounded by steep ridged rock create the perfect atmosphere for relaxation. Before you stop for lunch you will also visit the source of the mighty River Nile, the Ripon Falls near the city of Jinja. Afterwards, head to Itanda Falls to end your trip of a lifetime. Take in the awe-inspiring views of the River Nile and allow yourself some time to reflect upon your Frontier-Uganda Adventure.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Entebbe International airport by a friendly project representative and taken to your accommodation for the first night. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and your itinerary for the next 11 days. Your in country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise; you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING? 

Throughout your project you will be staying in a variety of budget, backpacker style guesthouses whilst in civilisation and in tented accommodation whilst you are out trekking and on safari. The accommodation will of course be clean and as comfortable as possible in the midst of Uganda and will quickly become your second home. The African style toilet and shower facilities are shared between other participants on the trip, so that we can’t always guarantee the hottest water. The commodities will be basic but you will soon learn that there are more important things in life!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three good quality meals every day giving you energy for challenging treks in search of Uganda’s magnificent wildlife, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry.  The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Typically your diet will consist of rice, bread, sweet potatoes, beans and noodles, accompanied by vegetables such as cabbage, avocado, spinach and eggplant. Look out for the national drink, Wagari, which is a type of gin made from bananas. Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarket whilst passing through towns.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Uganda is a beautiful country with endless activities to create unforgettable memories. If you have time, there are numerous opportunities to visit other game reserves, national parks and cultural spots. Get your heart racing with other adrenaline junkie activities including playing sports, white water rafting and if you are itching to see more of Uganda’s spectacular wildlife, endless safaris as well as cultural trips where you can learn and watch African musical performances and dances. We recommend that you organise trips with local providers which will help support the local economy and give you the best of local knowledge!

COSTS

11 days US$3,445

DEPARTURE DATES

Expeditions begin on the first Saturday of the month. Please arrive on a Saturday.

DURATION

11 days

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • 3 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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