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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking is one of the world's most moving and exclusive experiences. Bwindi’s vine-covered, fern-rich canopies create a haven for the critically-endangered mountain gorilla.
It is one of three places in the world where visitors can track these magnificent primates.
Gorilla trekking doesn't come easy - there's a limited number of daily allotted passes, and the cost is USD 700 (and this is set to increase, just like in Rwanda, where permits have doubled in price to $1,500).
The timing of this trip presents an opportunity to partake in this incredible experience before prices become impractical!
Day 1 – Thursday, Nov. 30th - Welcome to Uganda
Welcome to Uganda! We land in Entebbe on the shores of stunning Lake Victoria. The ex-capital is a lazy town that now serves as a springboard to the country's many natural attractions.
We'll have a relaxed stroll and experience the small-town charm of Uganda's first capital, learning about its colonial history while visiting monuments and markets and doing some crafts shopping.
We'll also learn about some of the outstanding conservation efforts happening in the town. We will visit the beautifully preserved botanical gardens, gorgeous beaches, and Lake Victoria.
We'll spend the evening relaxing before our big gorilla adventure!
Day 2 – Friday, Dec. 1st - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Today we head via an internal flight to Bwindi National Park - a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the world's richest biological and botanical regions.
Aside from seeing the renowned and endangered mountain gorillas that we came here for, the diminishing people of the Batwa tribe, who live on the park's outskirts, are another reason to visit.
The park is one of Africa's oldest habitats, even surviving the last Ice Age. It has an insane diversity of flora and fauna, with about 120 mammal species and over 350 bird species – not to mention the 400 mountain gorillas also sharing the land!
The Batwa people rely entirely on this rainforest for their existence – their food, shelter, and clothing. As such, modernization has almost wiped them out completely.
They live a traditional hunter-gatherer way of life, which we'll catch a glimpse of as we walk around the village and get to know some locals.
Day 3 – Saturday, Dec. 2nd - Gorilla Tracking
Today is the day! We'll get up early for breakfast and head to the park for a briefing before starting the trek. We'll be with a guide escorting us through the forest as we search for the gorilla families.
Our guide will also help to interpret the behavior of the primates. Once we've found a family, we can approach and observe their daily activities, from females interacting with their young to feeding and playing.
Interestingly, the gorillas are said to be just as curious about us humans as we are about them! We are allotted one hour with them before returning to base.
Day 4 - Sunday, Dec. 3rd - From Bwindi to Home
After breakfast, we will catch our domestic flight back to Entebbe. Everyone will be transferred back to the airport in time for their flight home.
During our time in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, we will be staying at a the luxury lodge has stunning views over the forest and is close to prime tracking areas!
Trip Cost - $2,620 per person based on twin / double sharing
The cost includes everything (including 2 internal flights in Uganda).
Specifically Excluded is the international flight to Entebbe & the visa cost.
If you're looking for a moving and exclusive experience, look no further.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and can be done during the UAE national holidays dates.
Fajer Abu Zayed
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Dubai International Airport, Dubai,Dubai, United Arab Emirates