Day 1: Entebbe/Ngamba Island. On arrival in the morning at the Entebbe airport, you will be met and driven to your hotel that is a short distance away from here for a quick briefing and for you to freshen up. Later in the morning you are transferred to the landing site for your half-day boat trip to Ngamba Island.
Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 by the Born Free Foundation UK, International Fund for Animal Welfare (USA), The Jane Goodall Institute (Germany and Uganda). The Uganda Wildlife Education Trust (UWECT) and other concerned organization have helped raise funds for the sanctuary. This 100-acre beautiful forested Island provides a safe haven for 35 -orphaned chimpanzees.
Experience a rare and incredible opportunity to visit the Chimpanzees in a near-wild setting while helping to conserve their precious habitat and contribute to the conservation of their species. The trip to the Island by speed -boat takes approximately 45 minutes or 1½hours by motorized traditional boat. Overnight Lake Victoria Hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 2: Entebbe - Bwindi. This morning you take a private Charter flight to Bwindi. The 390-square–mile forest is biologically diverse, and was established to protect the gorilla population and the multitude of other plant and animal species that live here. Your visit here helps support the conservation effort and assists further rationalization of the forest protection.
The flight in a Cessna 172 takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and by Cessna 210 takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. You are then driven from the airstrip to your camp that will be your home for the three days. Overnight Gorilla Forest Camp/Engagi Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Gorilla tracking. The next two days will be for gorilla tracking. You will rise early each day and after breakfast, be driven to a point in the park where your hike will begin. Well-trained guides lead you to a point where the gorillas were encountered the day before. The duration of the hike is determined by the gorillas whose continuous search for food requires a nomadic lifestyle.
The trek can take from 1-9 hours at altitudes in excess of 7,500ft and over rough and steep terrain. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants make your experience extremely interesting. Upon encountering the gorillas, your fatigue is quickly forgotten. The gorillas are not tame, but they have been scientifically habituated to accept the presence of quiet and non-threatening observers.
Each strictly regulated 60-minutes visit passes all too quickly, and you must depart, leaving the gorillas to their fragile existence. You will take a packed lunch and water for your meal and picnic in the forest. Porters are available at the park headquarters to help you carry. Return to your accommodation at the edge of the park. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Second gorilla trek. After breakfast, you head for the forest for the second gorilla trek. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Bwindi - Entebbe, departure. This morning you will take a short drive from your camp to the nearby Kayonza airstrip for your private flight back to Entebbe. At a distance you will be able to see the hills and plains of Rwanda and the Rift Valley dropping away towards Lake Edward and the Congo. Below are the rolling farmlands around the Kabale area, commonly known as the “Switzerland of East Africa”.
As you approach Entebbe, watch out for aerial view of Lake Victoria. Drive a short distance to Lake Victoria Hotel where day rooms have been booked for you to re-pack. You will have a choice of either relaxing by the pool, or taking a walk to nearby botanical gardens. Depart later in the evening. End of services. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Your departure flight should be late in the afternoon or in the evening otherwise, another night can be arranged for you in Entebbe. By no means are you restricted to this itinerary. If you like a certain itinerary, we shall design it for you.
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