3 DAYS BUDGET GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI

3 DAYS BUDGET GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI TOUR

BWINDI

Safari starts and ends in Entebbe or Kampala

TRANSPORT

Ground transportation in 4X4 Safari Customised Vehicle

AIRPORT TRANSFER

Safari includes return airport transfers

ALL GROUPS TOUR

Small and Large groups can book this tour

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UGANDA SAFARI TOUR OVERVIEW

Our 3 Days- Budget Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Tour Experience allows every individual a once in a lifetime opportunity to get close to the highly social Mountain gorillas.

During this particular Safari Tour Experience, one profoundly connects to the most beautiful natural surroundings that inhabit the mountain gorillas.

The accommodation option for this Gorilla Trekking Safari Tour allows one to comfortably associate with the values of nature right in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

Upgrades to midrange or Luxury for this budget Uganda gorilla trekking Safari tour experience can be incorporated easily on request.

Trekking of the gorillas in Uganda is subject to availability of the gorilla trekking permits on the dates chosen by the client.

DAYS BUDGET GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI TOUR SUMMARY

Day One.
  • Pick up from overnight accommodation/Entebbe International Airport.
  • Drive to Bwindi.
  • Check into your Accommodation for dinner & overnight.
Day Two.
  • Budget gorilla trekking safari tour experience.
  • Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Day Three.
  • Drive back to Kampala/Entebbe International Airport.
  • End of budget gorilla trekking safari-tour.

GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI TOUR ITINERARY

Day1.               KAMPALA TO BWINDI

0900hrs.

Early morning after your breakfast, you will begin your Budget Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Tour

You will either be picked from your overnight accommodation or Entebbe International Airport (Hopefully your flight arrives early morning); thereafter you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park; is a large primeval forest located in south-western Uganda in Kanungu District. The forest is on the edge of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, at elevations ranging from 1,160 to 2,607 metres (3,806 to 8,553 ft).

Here you will check into your accommodation for your dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp.

Driving time: Upto 9hrs.

Activities: None.

Day2.                    BWINDI

0730hrs.

Early morning after your breakfast, you will head straight to the briefing area; here you will do registration and thereafter be briefed about your intended budget Uganda gorilla trekking Safari Tour Experience.

After briefing, you will begin your gorilla trekking experience; depending on how long this takes, you will return to meet your driver guide to head back to your accommodation for your dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp.

Driving time: Upto 45mins.

Activities: gorilla trekking experience

Day3.                          BWINDI TO KAMPALA

0800hrs.

After your breakfast, you will embark on a journey to return to Kampala at your booked accommodation/ Entebbe to catch your flight; Lunch will be Enroute.

This will mark the end of your budget Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari.

END OF SAFARI

COST INCLUSIONS
  • Fullboard Accommodation.
  • Ground transportation in 4X4 Safari Customised Vehicle.
  • Fuel for entire trip.
  • All activities mentioned in itinerary.
  • All park entrance fees.
  • All Enroute meals.
  • Return airport transfers.
  • English speaking driver guide.
  • Gorilla Permit.

COST EXCLUSIONS.
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour.
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day).
  • Personal items (souvenirs, visa fees, Travel insurance etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees.

 
NUMBER OF PERSONSCOST PER PERSON
1 PERSON$5530
2 PERSONS$4977
4 – 15+ PERSONS$4479

WHAT TO CARRY WHILE ON A UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI.

  • A pair of gloves.
  • Long sleeved shirts & Long pants.
  • Standard hiking boots.
  • A raincoat.
  • A camera.
  • Long socks.
  • Insect repellent.
  • First aid kit: painkillers, antidiarrheal, hand sanitizer, malaria medication, anti-bacterial medicine.
  • Universal adaptors.
  • Sunhat or cap
  • Lip Balm with.
  • Anti-malarial meds (check with travel doctor before your trip.
  • Bug spray.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SAFARIS IN UGANDA

We have gathered a set of common questions we often get from clients who are going on safari with Dillard Tours and Travel.

 IS UGANDA A SAFE COUNTRY TO VISIT?

Regardless of its history, Uganda is a safe safari destination and you will always be warmly welcomed considering the friendly gesture of the biggest percentage of residents.

 While in Kampala, all traveler’s security is guaranteed making it one of the safest capital cities in Eastern Africa.

A Vast number of destinations/touristic sites are registered in and out of the city and are all protected by the Ugandan government. For majority of the National Parks in Uganda, Uganda Wildlife Authority boasts of extraordinary security measures that have been employed throughout the years to guarantee all our visitors/tourists’ safety.   

There are selected routes designated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to be taken while visitors travel and visit different destinations and are always well maintained in selected periods of the year, this guarantees road safety for all intending travelers.

IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE A UGANDAN VISA AND HOW DO I GET ONE?

Yes, you require a valid Ugandan Tourist Visa to enter the country at any entry point plus a travel document valid for at least 6 months. There are 2 (two) options availed to travelers for attaining a valid Ugandan Visa, Online and upon arrival.

WHICH INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES CAN I USE TO UGANDA?

Several international airlines fly to Uganda – these include – Brussels Airlines, KLM, as well as Turkish Airlines, all of which fly to Entebbe. International carriers from Europe connect with most North American carriers. Other African Airlines include Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Egypt air and South African Airways. From the Middle East and South East Asia, check with Emirates or Qatar Air.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT UGANDA?

Uganda can be visited any time of the year, owing to its location next to the Equator; the country generally has cool temperatures with a period of rainy and sunny season.

A dry season is from December/January till mid-March and from June till mid-September. These months are also most popular with tourists, with July and August as the peak season.

Most rain falls in are October-November and April-May. However, this doesn’t mean that it rains all day. Usually it is a tropical shower at night or shortly during the day, but in Uganda you can trust that after rain there comes sunshine! The weather is no reason to avoid travelling in the wet season.

Like in the rest of the world, climates seem to be changing and make it more difficult for us to predict the weather during your safari. On the contrary, the temperature is very stable and pleasant, with sunshine 365 days a year. During the day the temperature averages between 23 and 27°C, though in some places It can get cold at night.

The incredible aspect about coming to Uganda is, whether you travel in the dry or in wet season, the climate is still categorized under pleasant weather.

ARE THERE VACCINATIONS REQUIRED FOR MY VISIT TO UGANDA?

Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory, as well as a cholera stamp in your vaccination passport. Other different types of vaccinations as, Immunizations against DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio) and Hepatitis A are recommended as well and we also advise you to take malaria prevention medications, besides bringing mosquito repellent with you.

Please consult your local doctor or health department for a detailed and updated advice.

CAN I BOOK MY SAFARI WITH YOU WHEN I AM TRAVELLING ALONE?

Single travellers are very welcome on Uganda safaris as finding other groups to join can sometimes be quite difficult, especially in low season.

However, to reduce on the safari costs it would be convenient to join up with other groups only if your interests, budget and preferred route correspond with the group that you want to join, and of course other members should agree too.

WHAT IS THE BEST POPULAR SAFARI I CAN DO ON MY VISIT TO UGANDA?

Well most clients ask this question and want to know which best safari they can do in Uganda.

This mostly depends on the clients’ tastes, choice and preferences. Everyone has something different in mind. But this is what most visitors do for safari.

The gorilla trekking safari is one of the Uganda’s safaris on every travelers bucket list; everyone wants to have this experience of a lifetime to Bwindi impenetrable national park with the gentle giants – The Mountain Gorillas.

The Murchison falls safari is popular for its world’s most powerful waterfalls and vast wildlife species it hosts. This park is one of the best rewarding safaris to the most visitors travelling northwards of the country for a Uganda tour safari as there is a chance to see the big 5 game.

Chimpanzee tracking safari to Kibale forest national park is another safari popularly done by our visitors to Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth safari, everyone wants to visit the national park which was visited by Queen Elizabeth of England during her stay in Uganda. This has made Queen Elizabeth national park one of the most popular visited national parks in addition to the famous tree climbing lions of Ishasha plus landscape.

IS IT TRUE THAT I CAN SEE TREE CLIMBING LIONS ON MY UGANDA SAFARI?Lions are not known for this feature of climbing trees like their brothers in the cat family the leopards. But a safari to Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha region gives to a chance to spot the tree climbing lions. This region is known for these lions which are mostly found lounging in the fig trees despise their huge body sizes.

IS IT A GUARANTEE TO SEE WILDLIFE ON A SAFARI; THE BIG 5 GAME, GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES AND MORE?

Seeing particular wildlife on a safari cannot be guaranteed while on a safari as animals live in their habitat which is the wild. But our drivers and rangers are very experienced and will try their best to locate game while on a safari game drive. Chances of missing out on animals are about 1%. Gorillas and chimps have a 99% chance of seeing them.

WHAT KIND OF SAFARI VEHICLES DO YOU OFFER FOR TRAVEL?
We offer tailor-made safaris for every number of participants. No minimum number is required, but of course the more people the more attractive the price will be.

All our safaris cars are 4x4s with pop-up tops suitable for a 360 degrees game viewing for travelers during game drives, which gives a deeper safari experience.

Our comfortable 4×4 Land Cruisers offer seats for 1-6 people and besides the Land Cruisers we also own several 4WD minibuses which can take a maximum of 6 – 8 people and more people who would like to travel in one vehicle are offered 25-29 seat Coaster buses that have approximately 16 window seats.

Overland trucks and fourteen-seater minibuses are available on request. But the type of safari Vehicle will totally depend on client’s choice of vehicle.

However, to ensure that everybody has a window seat and luggage can be stored well, we usually don’t take more than 7 people in these safari vehicles.

DO YOUR DRIVERS SPEAK ENGLISH?
Yes, all our driver guides speak English but can also give you another language speaking guide depending on request from the travellers who may not understand English. It’s very advisable for the traveller to inform us in advance for any language comfortable with on your safari.

WHAT ARE THE TRAVEL TIMES TO THE MORE POPULAR SAFARI DESTINATIONS?

Travelling especially by road in Uganda differs according to time and location. Rush hour, traffic time in cities is different from remote areas, also taking into consideration of rest, photo, and refueling stops-

Kampala to Entebbe about 45 minutes

Kampala to Jinja about one hour and 30 minutes

Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park about five hours

Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park about six hours

Murchison Falls to Fort Portal about eight hours

Fort Portal to Queen Elizabeth about three hours

Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi about five hours

Kampala to Bwindi about 10 hours.

The roads are usually narrower and rough. This increases the driving times and makes the route look longer.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO THE GORILLA TRACKING IN UGANDA?
Yes, it’s possible and you are required to buy a gorilla permit.  This must be done three months before your safari as only eight people are allowed per day at each gorilla group, the demand is high. Of course, we would be happy to assist you with this; all we need to know is the preferred date. In order to be able to buy the gorilla permit you have to provide us with your full names, nationality and passport number. A certain level of fitness is not required for the gorilla tracking, though you will be refused on the tracking when you are sick. Also note that the minimum age for visiting the gorillas is 15 years.

HOW DO I BOOK FOR A GORILLA PERMIT?
It’s advisable to book your gorilla permit as soon as possible to be on a safe side. Make sure that once you have purchased your permit a scan copy is sent to your email to be sure.  Permits are sold up to 2 years in advance!

IS THERE A REQUIRED DRESSING CODE FOR GORILLA TRACKING?

Mountain gorilla trekking adventure can be wet and hot work. Hence the need to carry both a waterproof jackets and a backpack to hold essentials like binoculars and cameras. Trekking can sometimes be through thick vegetation with thorns and climbing steep terrain. It’s advised to have good hiking shoes, long trousers, long sleeved shirts, sun cream, sunglasses, gloves, walking stick and a hat.

HOW MUCH IS A GORILLA TREKKING PERMIT?

In order to trek gorillas in any of the national parks in Uganda, one needs a gorilla tracking permit. The gorilla permit cost $700.00 in Uganda, giving you permission to track gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks with a one-hour interaction with the gorillas.

IS TREKKING GORILLAS IN THE FOREST NOT DANGEROUS, ARE GORILLAS FRIENDLY TO PEOPLE?

Most of the clients doing the gorilla trekking safari for the first time have this question in mind and find it nervous to do the trek. But the truth is the gorillas are gentle giants which have been habituated to human presence. Not on any of our safaris has any client got any harm from the gorillas.  

 IF I WANT TO BRING MY CHILDREN WITH ME ON SAFARI, ARE THERE ACTIVITIES FOR THEM TO DO WHILE I GO GORILLA AND CHIMP TRACKING?
Most Lodges and Parks have games and activities that will keep children occupied while parents are tracking. Lodges can usually provide a sitter to watch children while parents are busy. Ugandans generally love children and are very good with them. The driver guides are no exception. You will find that they will develop a good relationship with your children! They could take children on short, easy, guided walks or stay with them in the vehicle or Lodge (whatever you desire) while you go on longer outings.

ARE ATM CARDS OR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED IN UGANDA?
Unfortunately there are only a few banks that accept ATM cards or Visa credit cards for money withdrawal. Mastercard’s not widely accepted.

Therefore, we advise you to bring cash and have money changed upon arrival in Kampala. Both US dollars and Euros are easy to change, though for some expenses, like the payment of visa, it is easier to have dollars available.

Important: US dollars bills from the year 1999 and below are NOT accepted!

WHEN DO I PAY FOR MY SAFARI?
Once you confirmed the final itinerary with us, you will be requested to pay a deposit of 30% for the safari. In case gorilla tracking is included in the program we also ask you to make a full prepayment for the gorilla permits. Note that availability of accommodations and permits is not guaranteed until officially confirmed by us. Reservations will be made as soon as the payment has been received on our account.

We accept payment by VISA credit card (please include 5% service charge) and bank transfer in either dollars or euros to our bank account in Uganda. Please note that all bank charges are at the expense of the client. The balance of 70% should be paid upon arrival, BEFORE the start of your safari. Regretfully we cannot accept traveler cheques as of now. The balance can be paid by VISA or in cash in dollars, euros or Ugandan shillings.

WE ARE A BIT NERVOUS TRANSFERRING LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO A SAFARI COMPANY THAT WE HAVE NOT DEALT WITH BEFORE. WHAT ASSURANCES CAN YOU GIVE US?
We recommend that you refer to Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Tourist Board, the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism or the Ugandan High Commission in your country of residence for a recommendation concerning our reputation.

WHAT IS INCLUDED, /EXCLUDED IN THE PRICE FOR MY SAFARI?
All mentioned prices are inclusive of :
   – ground transport per comfortable 4WD safari vehicle
   – visit to all mentioned places in the program
   – the service of an experienced English speaking driver/guide
   – national park entrance fees
   – activities that are mentioned in the itinerary, except for the optional      activities
   – overnight in the mentioned accommodations, based on a twin or double      room
   – full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
   – bottled mineral water of 2 liters per person per day in the vehicle
   – government taxes
   – ranger fees

Not included are:
   – international flight
   – visa (available at the airport)
   – meals and snacks that are not mentioned in the itinerary
    – beverages other than the bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
   – tips and gratuities for the guides
   – laundry
   – gorilla permit
   – optional activities that are mentioned in the program
   – items of personal nature
   – travel insurance
   – international transaction costs

WHAT ARE THE TIPPING GUIDELINES?
Of course a tip fully depends on the level of your satisfaction, there is no fixed rate in tipping in the country but even a small amount to show your gratitude will be highly appreciated. On average tips are in the range of 5-10% in restaurants; US$5-10 per day, per client for safari driver/guides and US$5-10 per client per day for Ranger Guides; US$5 per day for porters on mountaineering/hiking safaris and US$3-5 for Forest Walk guides.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY GORILLA PERMIT AND SAFARI?

You are advice to book the gorilla permits about 3 months before your gorilla tour. This is because the gorilla permits are on a high demand and run out easily everyday especially in the high seasons. To avoid shortage, you should book earlier. The moment you confirm your travel dates contact us to help you book your permit.

 

CLIENT REVIEWS

‘I want to do this again”

Great service and affordable price… highly recommendable! I went with a friend and we had an amazing time!

Amazing experience, thank you for recommendation

 

 

Leah, Switzerland

”Super friendly and great price”

When Saad recommended Gorilla Trekking to me i had not thought it would be affordable until he mentioned to me this price option.

Very understanding people, thank you Dillard Tours.

Lua Gin, Mexico

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