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Uganda - Birds & Gorillas II

offered by supplier M17026 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 19 day(s)
Group Size: 10 people
Destination(s): Uganda  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: June - July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 8975 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 8975 US Dollar (USD)

From the source of the White Nile on Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Range, the montane forests of the Virunga volcanoes, harbouring some of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas, to the extensive savannas around the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing contrasts! No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats (in an area approximately the size of Great Britain!), and this richness is reflected in its incredible bird list of over 1000 species, making it arguably the richest African birding destination. Amongst these are many highly sought-after birds, such as the unique Shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the Albertine Rift Valley. This tour provides a comprehensive coverage of Uganda while staying at some great lodges, and aside from the birds (over 500 species of them!), offers superb game viewing and the chance to track Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees!

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates 17th June to 5th July (19 days)
Tour Price US$ 8,975 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size Limited to 10 participants with 1 M17026 leader & local birding leader

THE ITINERARY
17th June - Arrive in Entebbe and drive to Jinja via Mabamba Swamp
18th June - Mabira Forest
19th June - Jinja to Masindi via Kampala
20th June - Budongo Forest - Royal Mile birding all day
21st June - Masindi to Murchison Falls NP via Kaniyo Pabidi section of Budongo Forest
22nd June - Murchison Falls NP - Delta boat cruise & north bank game drive
23rd June - Murchison Falls NP to Masindi via the Butiaba Escarpment & Busingiro
24th June - Masindi to Kibale NP
25th June - Kibale NP – Chimpanzee tracking & birding
26th June - Kibale NP to Queen Elizabeth NP
27th June - Queen Elizabeth NP: Kasenyi Track & Kazinga Channel boat cruise
28th June - Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi NP via Ishasha section of QENP
29th June - Bwindi NP - Gorilla tracking at Buhoma
30th June - Birding all day in Buhoma
1st July - Buhoma to Ruhija via The Neck
2nd July - Ruhija - birding Mubwindi Swamp
3rd July - Ruhija to Lake Mburo
4th July - Lake Mburo - game drives and boat cruise
5th July - Lake Mburo to Entebbe and departure

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
The fee for the Uganda Birds and Gorillas tour is US$ 8,975 per person sharing from Entebbe, Uganda.

The single supplement for this tour is US$ 975. You will be charged a single supplement if you desire single accommodations, or if you prefer to share but have no roommate and we cannot provide one for you. If you request single accommodations, every attempt to grant your request will be made.

The cost of the optional gorilla trekking permit is currently US$ 600 and must be purchased on your behalf by RBT (this secured by way of a non-refundable US$ 600 that must be sent along with the standard US$ 600 tour deposit – full deposit and registration details can be found on the RBT Booking form). It is important to note that the Gorilla permits are subject to availability and therefore it is imperative that you book early and inform the M17026 office upon signing up for the Uganda tour that you require a permit.

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or South Africa Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

This includes:
•All meals from Lunch on day 1 to Lunch on day 19;
•Bottled drinking water throughout the tour;
•Accommodations as stated in the itinerary;
•Ground transportation during the tour; and
•All guiding services (including gratuities for local guides and services).

The tour fee does not include:
•ANY flights;
•Passport and visa fees;
•Airport departure taxes;
•The optional gorilla trek permit (see above);
•Any drinks;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated M17026 leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS
This tour does not include ANY airfares. On the first day of the tour we have a full day’s birding and it is therefore highly recommended that you arrive before 7 am on this day or preferably the day before the tour starts. The tour will conclude in the late afternoon/early evening of day 19 at Entebbe International Airport. IMPORTANT: Please book your departure flights for AFTER 8 pm on this day to give you sufficient time for check-in and freshening up after what promises to be a long day’s birding. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the M17026 office.

FLIGHTS
Entebbe is the main port of entry for international flights in Uganda and is well serviced by most of the world’s major airlines. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does not include your M17026 leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Please Note:
•Although Uganda is an equatorial nation, much of the country is situated on a plateau at roughly 1000 metres above sea level, and as a consequence, the climate is relatively mild. However, in some areas (e.g. Murchison Falls and Lake Mburo NP’s), it can be hot (more than 30oC).

•At times, we may be walking on narrow and/or steep forest trails (entirely optional) to find a few special birds. Our pace will, however, be slow as we bird in the forests.

•Although this Uganda tour does not require a high level of fitness, participants should be in good general health as much of the forest birding will be done on foot and may require walking for several hours at a time. There will be a few lengthy drives and many of the days will be long with early starts. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure.

•The optional gorilla trek at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest generally involves several hours of strenuous walking on steep slopes, often off-trail. The chance of finding the gorillas is very high, but on some occasions in the past the trackers have not been able to locate the mobile family groups. Please also note that new regulations have meant that permits cannot be purchased for a particular group and that the group you will be trekking will be allocated on the morning of the trek. Further to this our tour group may not be able to trek the same group of Gorillas and we could well be split up into a few different trekking parties.

•The optional walk down to Mubwindi Swamp entails hiking along a long trail (roughly 10 km return) which is quite steep and, at times muddy. As the pace is often slow, we will be walking for a considerable amount of time on this day. Please note that should you have any physical limitations, then it is not recommended that you partake in this activity, however alternative birding arrangements will be made for you on this day should you opt not to do this walk.

•The vehicles used are comfortable stretched Landcruiser 4 x 4’s with open roof-hatches.

•A fair bit of our time is spent in vehicles, as we do have to cover fair distances in order to get to the best areas for birds and animals. The more luggage you pack, the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44 lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (18 lb) for hand luggage.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €7,090 * £5,640 * USD8,975 * ZAR100,280
Single Supplement €770 * £620 * USD975 * ZAR10,900

Please also note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Excludes flight costs.

About This Supplier
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Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007
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M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 250 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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