6 days gorilla trekking Tour and Jinja white water Rafting Safari
$1000 per person
6 days gorilla trekking Tour and Jinja white water Rafting Safari Starts and ends in Entebbe international airport Uganda. It involves meeting eye to eye with the rare mountain gorillas and the magical adventurous white water rafting along the River Nile. This Uganda tour safari will take you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to meet eye to eye with the mighty mountain gorilla trekking. The Park is famous for being home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, one of Uganda’s earliest as well as the most biologically diverse rainforests that is over 10000 years with almost 400 species of plants that are forming the massive Bwindi impenetrable forest that is evergreen all times. It’s home to more than 400 mountain gorillas, 120 mammal species such as numerous primate species, over 360 bird species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics and is the earliest home of the Batwa bush people. Later you will go to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and Jinja for white water rafting on the world’s longest River Nile.
Price Will Include:
- Gorilla permits
- Warm lunches on transfer days and water in car
- Professional Guide/ driver
- Ground transportation in a 4X4 safari car
- Accommodation for 2 nights
- Meals at the lodges
Price Will Exclude:
- Air ticket and visa fees
- Soft sodas and alcoholic drinks
- Extra activities out of itinerary
- Laundry expenses
- And other personal items/expenses
View Full Travel Itinerary Day By Day
Day 1: Pick up from a hotel in Kampala OR hotel address in Entebbe near the airport, and drive to Bwindi.
Meet and greet our company represetative at the hotel address after having your breakfast and head to the biologically diverse and unique magnificent green impenetrable rainforest in southwestern Uganda, which sustains almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. You will have a stopover in Kayabwe for photographs at the Uganda equator and souvenir shopping accompanied with an enroute lunch in Mbarara town. Proceed to bwindi, the home of gorillas in Uganda. Have dinner and an overnight stay at the booked lodge, Category: (Ruhija Gorilla Safari lodge - Luxury option), (Gorilla Mist camp - Midrange option), (Friends Rest Camp - Budget option).
Entebbe town – Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Wake up very early in the morning to organize yourself, have your luggage packed in the vehicle, be served breakfast and then check out (0630 am) to start your journey later at (0630 am) start your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park found in southwestern Uganda across the Equator imaginary line. You will have a stopover at Uganda the equator line located in Kayabwe which is believed to be separating the planet into two parts; the Northern and Southern hemispheres. While at the equator landmark, you will see the water experiment which is done to show how forces move differently on each side of the planet and to prove the difference between the two hemispheres for example water drains from the funnel in a clockwise motion on the northern hemisphere whereas it drains down in an anti-clockwise motion on the southern hemisphere. Here, the sun rises and sets rapidly and the temperatures and weather is largely constant all year through. While at the Equator landmark, take some memorial photos with one foot in the southern hemisphere and another one in the northern hemisphere which will give you an opportunity to take a photo while standing on both sides of the world at the same time. It is also said that while standing at the equator line, your body weight is reduced by about 3kgs so, you will have a chance to prove this statement right or false. After the water experiment, have a cup of coffee and then proceed with your journey to Igongo cultural center in Mbarara city to have refreshments, lunch and later tour the museum which is a cultural heritage of south-western Uganda that will take you centuries back into Uganda’s culture and lifestyle and later proceed with your journey to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where you will arrive in the evening to check in at your booked lodge, freshen yourself, and spend your evening relaxing. Dinner and sleepover
Day 3 Bwindi Forest national park – Mountain Gorilla Tracking – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 3 of the 4 days mountain gorilla trekking, wake up early morning (0600am) to organize yourself, arrange the necessary equipment during mountain gorilla trekking such as camera, binoculars, insect repellants, get well-dressed in a recommended style for mountain gorilla trekking like long khaki /jean trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, waterproof hiking boots, a rain jacket, heavy-duty gloves and round hats, have heavy breakfast, get your packed lunch boxes, get enough drinking water and meet your safari guide to be transferred to the park information offices to join other guests to be briefed about mountain gorilla trekking dos and don’ts, how to behave in the presence of mountain gorillas and the expectations, be allocated a mountain gorilla family to track, UWA ranger and the forest guide. We would recommend you hire a porter to help you carry your packed bag and the other items you would need during mountain gorillas. After the pre-mountain gorilla trekking session, start your forest walk in search of the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. The time taken before encountering your allocated mountain gorilla family is not known, however, it may be between 45mins to 4 hours depending on the movements and location of the gorilla family, therefore, you should be physically and mentally prepared to walk a long distance through the forest that is made of hills and with no clear walking trails that are only made on that particular time of tracking by your guide depending on the direction that can easily lead you to the location of the gorilla family. That is why it is recommended to carry enough water to keep you hydrated and snacks to keep you with enough energy since you use a lot of energy when walking through the forest in search of mountain gorillas. Once you encounter the mountain gorilla family, the excitement of seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat will outweigh the hardship went through while searching for them. A mountain gorilla family can be made of several members such as the giant silverback who is always the head and protector of the family, mothers, infants, and juveniles. The time you will spend with the mountain gorillas, you get to know much about their behaviors, how they socialize and be excited with their actions like the playful babies, mothers grooming their babies, and the Mr. silverback watching the situation silently as he is ready to protect the family from any kind of attack. You will spend a maximum of one hour with the mountain gorillas and you will be free to capture as many photos and recording videos as you would want to keep your great memories with the mountain gorilla family in the jungle. Thereafter an hour with the mountain gorilla family, return to the trekking start point to receive your mountain trekking certificate in appreciation of your contribution to the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. Have refreshments, enjoy your full lunch, and then drive to Lake Bunyonyi to relax while enjoying a boat canoeing safari on Lake Bunyonyi. Dinner and overnight.
Accommodation; Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Mid-range) Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi – Transfer to Jinja city for White Water Rafting
This day after enjoying a healthy breakfast, check out, check out of the lodge and start your journey to Jinja city the starting point of the River. So, while in Jinja city, you will enjoy the grade five rapids white water rafting on the River Nile. You will have a stopover at Kayabwe equator landmark to relax, have lunch and then proceed with your journey to Jinja where you will arrive late in the evening to check-in at your booked hotel, freshen up, and be served dinner and overnight.
Accommodation; Source of the Nile Hotel (Mid-range) Mealplan; Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5: Jinja City – 5 rapids white water rafting – Drive back to Kampala Entebbe
After having breakfast (0700 am), get all your luggage into the vehicle, check out of your room and drive to the meeting point to meet your rafting guide for the briefing session about the safety training and how to behave during rafting after which you will get into the vehicle and drive to the starting point be taken through a brief exercise to make you familiar with the rafting exercise and then get on your rafting boat to start the day activity from flat levels to the most chaotic and turbulent rapids. Whitewater rafting is one of the most adventurous activities in Uganda that is done on River Nile Africa’s longest river. River Nile offers the best whitewater rafting experience in Africa. Whitewater rafting is 100% safe to do on the River Nile because the crew is well skilled and experienced in directing through the rapids. So, during rafting, we highly recommend you to follow the guidelines and instructions from the guides for your safety and best experience. Before starting, every participant will be given a strong helmet and life jacket for protection in case of any emergency. After 5 rapids adventurous white water rafting, have lunch, relax for some time and later start your journey back to Entebbe town to check-in at your hotel and spend the evening at your leisure while memorizing about your great moments during mountain gorilla and white water rafting adventure.
Dinner and an overnight Accommodation; Via Via Guest House Entebbe (Standard) Meal plan; Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner