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This AOS destination is mainly for the gorilla tracking. The mountain gorilla
(Gorilla Gorilla Berengei) of whom only about 600 still exist, is one of our closest living relatives, yet ironically, it is mankind that poses the greatest threat to its survival. To visit these noble creatures in their own environment is an experience you will never forget. Accompanied by a park guide and a bush cutter, we track these gorillas through the rain forest. The gorilla families have been habituated to tourists and their whereabouts are monitored daily by the guides and park officials. It may be necessary to trek for quite a while through the dense forest vegetation (up to 5 hrs) in order to reach the family designated for your visit. As gorillas are sensitive to human diseases, the park authorities will not allow anyone they consider to be in poor health to visit the gorilla groups and children under 15 years of age are not allowed to visit.
You need not feel that you are exploiting these animals – for years they have
been ruthlessly hunted for their hands and heads, which have been sold as
souvenir ashtrays and lampshades. In addition, large numbers have been killed whilst trying to stop poachers stealing babies for sale to zoos, where they have never lived long. As a result, the ever-growing number of tourists to see them is an important factor in their survival. The gorilla fees help to set up and finance patrols that are instrumental in protecting the gorillas from poachers and their lethal snares. It is also important to note that, although the groups have been habituated, they have not been tamed and their behavior is not demonstrably different from that of the non-habituated groups. Nobody forces them to stay with us for the allotted hour, and they can fade into the forest as you appear, if they wish to do so.
This safari features the mountain gorillas and the Rwanda genocide museum tour via Uganda.
Pick up by African Oasis representative and then be transfer to the airport for Kampala the pearl of Africa. Dinner and overnight at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
DAY 2: KAMPALA – BWINDI
After an early morning breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Park with lunch at Mbarara then proceed to Bwindi through the rolling hills known as the “Little Switzerland” of Kabale. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest camp.
DAY 3: BWINDI - GORILLA TREKKING
After early breakfast, with your packed lunch go for a briefing at 08:00 hours before beginning the trek. Gorilla tracking is unpredictable, so it is difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. It may take 2-8
hours, and you should be prepared to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. You will be briefed by the guide on how to behave with these gentle giants. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest camp.
DAY 4: BWINDI/ KISORO– KIGALI
Early morning breakfast, transfer to Rwanda via road. Enroute lunch arriving Kigali Town in time for dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena hotel
DAY 5: KIGALI –GENOCIDE MEMORIALS
Breakfast and then visit the Genocide Memorial grounds. After lunch optional visit to the craft centers or Museum. Dinner and Overnight at Kigali Serena hotel.
DAY 6: KAMPALA
Have a relaxed breakfast, then check out and depart for Entebbe with enroute lunch arriving in time for your flight to Nairobi. Dinner and overnight at the Nairobi Serena hotel.
DAY 7: Spend your day at leisure with optional city tour as you await your evening flight.
Transport in a comfortable custom-built safari vehicles.
All park entry fees
Full board accommodation whilst on Safari
Game-viewing drives per day whilst on safari
Services of a professional guide
NB: Gorilla permits must be applied at least 6 months in advance.
Domestic flights Nairobi- Entebbe- Nairobi
tips to drivers and guides,
gorilla permits (US$500),
visas, including Rwanda entry clearance of USD 60 dollars and USD 30 dollars on exit(back toUganda)
All other personal expenses.
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