Uganda gorillas and wildlife holiday

“Watch wildlife in Uganda as part of a small group with a couple of long drives leading to 1 or 2 days in the habitat of mountain gorillas where steep, slippery slopes require good fitness levels.”

Highlights

Kibale Forest | Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest | Lake Mburo National Park | Lake Victoria | Mabamba Swamp |

Description of Uganda gorillas and wildlife holiday

This 12 day Uganda gorillas and wildlife holiday takes you into the heart of Uganda, to discover its diverse wildlife through game drives, walking and mountain trekking. The adventure begins in Kibale Forest, where you trek to see the chimpanzees living here, then it's on to the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, a biodiversity hotspot where we can enjoy a forest walk. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, enjoy game drives to discover the huge range of wildlife and birdlife in the park, including tree climbing lions, then travel to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for what is perhaps the most thrilling element of this trip - the chance to track mountain gorillas and spend an hour in their company. This holiday ends with time in Lake Mburo National Park, a wonderful place to spot a vast array of plains wildlife, with the option to take a boat ride or enjoy a walking safari.

This is a small group holiday with a maximum of 14 people on it, and you'll spend nine nights in a mix of comfortable en-suite hotels and jungle lodges. You will travel by specifically designed four-wheel drive safari vehicles. While the game drives are leisurely, you'll need a decent level of fitness to cope with trekking to see the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

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29 Jun 2019
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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Uganda gorillas and wildlife holiday

Accommodation and Meals:
The accommodation on this trip is a combination of hotels and lodges. The vast majority of the staff is from nearby villages and they even offer accommodation for staff staying in villages further away. This industry is a great source of employment for local people, so by staying in these hotels we are supporting steady income for local communities. In terms of meals, hotels will source local produce as much as possible and clients are encouraged to explore local restaurants and markets if convenient. Main meals are typically based on a meat or bean stew and ‘ugali’ (maize flour and water) or ‘matooke’ (boiled and mashed green banana).

Activity:
Our tours are designed to entertain as well as inform about wildlife issues and promote animal welfare. When we visit National Parks such as Kibale Forest, Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Park, we pay park fees which contribute to the protection of these parks and the myriad of unique (and sometimes endangered) species which can be found there e.g. baboons, gorillas, elephants, lions, and leopard. Local guides are also employed when we enter these reserves. This creates employment and gives clients an altogether more informative, genuine experience. We will explore the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary in the Magombe wetland, which is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development. Because of the wetland's rich biodiversity, it was resolved that the tourism could bring benefits to the community and encourage conservation of this natural resource. Projects so far include building a secondary school, a wetlands boardwalk and running safe water campaigns.

Conservation:
The permit fee charged to see the Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest goes directly towards the preservation of this endangered species and their fragile but beautiful environment. By travelling with us, you ensure that rangers are paid a fair wage and have the provisions and personnel to protect themselves and wildlife against harmful poaching activity.

Group size:
This is a small group tour and so numbers do not exceed 18, meaning that local environments and the communities and variety of species (endangered and otherwise) that we encounter are not seriously impacted by our stay. This group size also allows us to travel with ease and therefore to stay at a number of unique, lesser known campsites and one hotel that would not usually benefit from tourism commerce due to its limited size.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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